Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Jean Schmidt Answers My Question

On March 3, I received one of the usual newsletter emails from my Congresswoman, Jean Schmidt. The newsletter announced

Washington, DC - What do Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea and Harriet Tubman have in common? They are all American women who have left an indelible mark on the fabric of our nation's history. From settling the American Frontier to the abolition of slavery to the women's suffrage movement, these women and countless others changed the course of history with their achievements.

The newsletter goes on to mention several women in our district that have significant accomplishments. I especially admire this woman and her husband.
Many of you have met or read about Carolyn Maupin. Carolyn is a tireless advocate for our men and women in uniform and their loved ones at home. She, along with Keith Maupin, founded the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in Clermont County. The Center's dedicated volunteers collect non-perishable and personal items and mail care packages to our military personnel serving abroad. Despite her heartache over the missing in action status of her own son, Army Specialist Matt Maupin, who was captured in Iraq in April of 2004, Carolyn is dedicated to raising the morale of our troops and their families. Carolyn will never give up hope, and her strength and courage are an inspiration to all of us.
I have blogged before regarding the Maupins. I find it sad and telling that the national media doesn't give more attention to the Maupins while fawning at Cindy Sheehan's every dribble.

But, I'm on many legislators' email lists because I send them emails and ask questions. Naturally, I had a question for Jean Schmidt, "When is Men's History Month?"

Here is Jean's response:
I don't know. Good question!
That's it, no more, no less. I found it refreshing. No political crap, no blah, blah, blah. Just a simple straight forward answer. Jean, you're very likely to get my vote next election for being able to give me a simple, honest answer to my question.


I'm going to mention the Maupins on my blog, if that's all right with you. They clearly deserve attention. Thanks for re-telling about them!

It's kind of hard not to point out that all history is men's history! Sounds silly but it's also true, isn't it?
Please do mention the Maupins.

To dispute that all history is men's history would be difficult. But given the anti-male atmosphere in much of our society, it would help to point out that a lot of men actually did good and noble things and sometimes paid a high price, like Matt Maupin.
Ah - that's a good point. On the other hand, I don't unilaterally think ill of history - or men, for that matter.
They can have their month.

Long as they give me every Saturday & Sunday between the College Football Kickoff Classic and the Super Bowl.

And Las Vegas. They can never take Las Vegas away.
I'm with you on that!
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