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Athletes as “Heros?” Not to Me.

Posted by Craig P Alexander on September 8, 2018

I like some sports like baseball. However I have never been able to like or agree with the idea that sports athletes are “heros” – they are well paid and deserve their private sector salaries. However they do not fit the definition of hero. To me heros are members of the U.S. Military, police, fire fighters, etc. who put their lives on the line for us everyday.

So when I read about the Nike campaign using a washed up former football player with the statement: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. Just Do It!” I automatically think of people like the men who stormed Normandy Beach in France decades ago to free Europe from the Nazi grip and ultimately end WWII. Many of them are still there in cemeteries proving their commitment to freedom. Some came home injured and/or carried the horrible memories of death and destruction for the rest of their lives so we can live with liberty and freedom. Sports players just don’t even come close to their sacrifices. So I will respect an athletes’ accomplishments but I will never call them heros for playing their chosen sport.  

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Craig P. Alexander is an attorney in Dana Point, California.  He practices law in the areas of the California Public Records Act, HOA law, Office and Commercial Leasing, Insurance Coverage and Business Contracts.

 

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NOCCC: Invitation May 17

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on May 11, 2012

This came over the wire from the North Orange County Conservatives Coalition on Wednesday…

                                           

 Honor our Military 

Memorial Day, Monday, May 28


 Please Join NOCCC on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00PM as we honor our military by welcoming Colonel Michael P. Chené to bring us up to date on the Middle East:  The war in Afghanistan, the progress in Iraq, the state of the Arab Spring — how they are all inter-related and their effect the United States.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Petrilla to Deploy to Afghanistan

Posted by Chris Nguyen on April 11, 2012

Jesse Petrilla

Jesse Petrilla

On Monday, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), a naval reservist, returned to the State Capitol from Afghanistan, and just one day later (yesterday), Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Jesse Petrilla, a member of the Army National Guard, announced that he is being called to one year of active duty in Afghanistan, effective at the end of this month.

Last year, the Army sent Petrilla to Kentucky for four months to train on commanding a tank platoon.  Councilman Steve Baric wanted to leave Petrilla’s seat vacant during those four months instead of appointing a temporary replacement for Petrilla.  Councilmen Gary Thompson, Tony Beall, and Jerry Holloway wanted to appoint a temporary replacement for Petrilla.

In the midst of this controversy, Thompson resigned citing family health issues.  In the midst of the Thompson resignation, the council then appointed a permanent replacement for Thompson, bringing former Councilwoman Carol Gamble back to the Council.  (Gamble was a member of Rancho Santa Margarita’s inaugural city council until resigning in 2004 to care for her aging parents.)  The process of finding a permanent replacement for Thompson pushed aside the effort of finding a temporary replacement for Petrilla.

Assemblyman Gorell’s seat was held empty for a year until his return from Afghanistan, with little controversy.  In light of the controversy that occurred when the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council considered appointing a 4-month replacement for Petrilla, I think it would be most unlikely that the council would attempt to appoint a year-long replacement for Petrilla, instead leaving the seat empty until his return from Afghanistan.

Here’s Petrilla’s press release: Read the rest of this entry »

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