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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Walter Reed Blog

He can design, too

A reader sent this link along to an interesting blog on Blogspot by an anonymous soldier being treated at Walter Reed.

It's always important to hear the voices of our men and women in uniform directly, as opposed to filtered through the media or with overseers standing behind them.

It is easier for me to write than to speak.

And with the high profile types we have walking the campus now it is almost necessary to have a reply to some basic questions set upon the shelf.

Them: How is Walter Reed treating you?
Me: I have recieved excellent medical treatment here.

Them: Why are you here?
Me: Didn't move fast enough.

Them: What can we do to make Walter Reed better?
Me: I cannot speak for Army or DoD policy and I believe this a question better answered by my Commander or the Public Affairs Office, sir.

What I want to say:

Me: Have you visited Walter Reed in the past two years, sir?
Me: Then you are part of the problem by ignoring us, sir.


Me: Have you visited Walter Reed in the past two years, sir?
Them: Yes
Me: Then you are part of the problem, because you haven't fixed anything yet, sir.

Not that I would ever say that, but I sleep better at night thinking that it might change things.

Posted by @WR

Check it out - challenging and well written.

- posted by Jim in LA