How many words?

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I got this email today. It was titled “It’s been said that one picture is worth a thousand words. How many words is this one worth?”


How many indeed.

Dear Tennessean:

The Tennessean’s April 5 photograph of young Christian Golczynski accepting the American flag from Marine Lt. Col. Ric Thompson is one of the most moving and emotion provoking images I have ever seen.

My wife and I attended funeral services for Christian’s father, Staff Sergeant Marcus Golczynski, on April 4, along with our six year-old son, dozens of Marines, and several hundred others who came to pay tribute to this fallen hero.

As one would expect, many of your readers were touched by this incredible picture. Staff Sergeant Golczynski had previously served one full tour in Iraq. Shortly before his death on March 27 he wrote to his family that he had volunteered to do this a second time due to our deep desire to finish the job we started. In his letter he said, “We fight and sometimes die so that our families don’t have to.” Tragically, Staff Sergeant Golczynski had only two weeks remaining on his second tour. We look at the photograph of Christian every day. It is displayed prominently in our home. Our hearts ache for Christian and for all those who have lost loved ones in this controversial conflict.

Our nation is at a historical crossroads. Do we call an end to the struggle in Iraq or press on? Staff Sergeant Golczynski eloquently told his son how he felt about not giving up. Perhaps there is a lesson for all of us in this man’s life and the choices he made. He was undeniably a man of tremendous courage and conviction. America must now choose whether to complete the job.

When looking at the face of Christian Golczynski I am reminded that doing what is right is not always easy and doing what is easy is not always right. Christian’s dad knew that too.

James Drescher
Franklin, TN

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The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

3 Replies to “How many words?”

  1. So now we artelling our children that bush’s follies are the best thing since sliced bread.

    I look at that photo and see a boy who will hate the military and government so much, he will make the entire planet forget about Tim McVeigh. I see an easy recruit for local militias, hate groups, and fringe radicals who would do anything to take down this government. I see a boy who will have to grow up to be a man, without having his father to learn from, except in his futile death.

    I see a sad sad example of how Bush’s failed policies are destroying the stuff that at one time made the US the best place on earth. It’s people. Its families.

  2. You couldn’t be more wrong had your body written your reply with no input whatever from your head.

    Or maybe it did.

    How about for one moment just shutting your ballwasher of a mouth and not piling a load of horrible curses on the head of a bereaved 6 year-old?

    You never served, you don’t know sh*t, but you run your mouth and condemn a child to be a sociopath? Charming.

  3. Yo man, you can type words like “shit” on my pages without deleting letters.

    Unless maybe you’ve avoiding horrible curses…