The more I think of Time’s choice for Person’s of the Year, the more angered I become. If this was a slow news year I could accept it, but there were so many other worthy choices besides some do-gooding rich people.
For example, my friend Kim wrote this morning:
“I just got back from a week in Biloxi MS doing hurricane repairs, so am out of the loop this morning on anything around here. That trip puts this job in a whole different perspective. The devastation and the survival stories were overwhelming. It'll be years before those folks get back to any semblance of a normal life. We helped a young Cuban family (the father used to be a chemistry teacher) insulate and drywall their home and overcame the language barrier with gestures and body language.”
Rich people giving away a small fraction of their vast wealth is not noteworthy. Come on Gates, give away everything but $5 Million, you can survive on that.
Average Americans taking time off from work and contributing their sweat and skills for people they don't know is the story this year. Congratulations to Kim and those like him on this award, his acceptance speech:
“Thanks, guys. This is gonna sound real corny, but doing it was the only reward we needed. You should have seen the faces of the family when we left them. Their casa is our casa. There's thousands of people doing similar stuff down there, not through the government but through private groups.
“If you ever get the chance to do something like this, I'd highly recommend it.”
Time really blew it.