Recently, I went to
Zabar's to select boxes of nuts and dried fruits for
my brother in
As the holidays approached, it was important to get this package in the mail, and not forget those who are serving our country overseas and in harm's way.
Until last May,
Oscar was the principal at
In other ways, Oscar also breaks the stereotype many of us might have of our military servicemen and women: He is in his 40s with a master's degree.
Before he left to
I worry about my
brother, and I hope with a little luck and skill that he will return safely to
Our family is proud of Oscar, because we know he is doing his duty for his country.
I believe many if
not most Americans are smart enough to support our military, but judge the
I don't believe we
should have attacked
We should have
always focused on
But not for one
moment would I ever disparage soldiers, sailors or airmen for their service in
Give Obama credit
for winding down the
I am not a
jingoistic patriot. But I am a patriot. It plays better for simplistic hurrahs, and in our television culture with three-second
attention spans, to wave the flag and spout accolades to motherhood, apple pie
But I do not always agree with my mother, although I still love her. I like apple pie but I prefer bunuelos with honey.
I support our military and my brother in the military.
But I know I can
write what I think, even if it is critical of the
This editorial appeared in the Sunday editorial section of the El Paso Times on January 1, 2012. The original version appeared in Sergio Troncoso’s blog, Chico Lingo: My Brother in Afghanistan.