Letter — Reader feels McCain given too much honor


Like so many Americans, I was saddened to learn of John Mc Cain’s passing. I respect him greatly for his military service and particularly his time as a POW. He obviously was an honorable man, a good soldier and exemplary citizen.

My problem is with what has been going on in Washington, and in the national media since his passing. The aggrandizement of his political accomplishments by the career politicians, the Washington, D.C., bureaucracy and the national media, is over the top. They talk of renaming buildings after him, establishing committees to identify additional honors. I just don’t get it.

My reaction is “Wait a minute!” Yes, he was a legitimate war hero, but what of the millions of others who served?

My father was in World War II, came home a disabled mess and eventually died at a young age. My uncle, mom’s twin brother (Army, infantry), had his hand shot off. Another uncle (8th Air Force) was a prisoner-of-war in Germany. Joe, my aunt’s high school sweetheart and fiancé, went down on an aircraft carrier and today lies somewhere at the bottom of the Pacific.Two of my elementary-school friends’ dads never came home from World War II. And then there is Jim, a friend of mine in later in life. His dad was killed the very last day of the war in the Pacific. I was with him the first time he visited his dad’s grave at the Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.

Where are the buildings named after these young men/heroes and the millions of others who equally sacrificed and served? I don’t understand what the windbag politicians (Ryan, Schumer, McConnell, Biden, etc.) and media are trying to accomplish by all this hoopla.

I wholeheartedly concur that John Mc Cain deserves honoring, but canonizing him, as the media and the so-called political elite seem to be doing, is going way too far. They need to get real. This man was a career politician, not a deity.

Thomas S. Harvey
Ocean View