A special kind of hero

The greatest giftThe Miami Herald’s latest Big Story, proudly displayed on the front page of today’s Section A, is about a controversial task force that was formed by the Bal Harbour Police Department and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office for the purpose of breaking up drug and money laundering rings across the country.  The reporters did an incredibly in depth investigation and raised questions that have still not been answered.

This series, License to Launder, is an amazing journalistic coup and will earn the Herald and its two reporters scads of media awards.  I don’t doubt that for a moment.

What I do doubt is the integrity of the Miami Herald editor to run this story today of all days, the one day of the year set aside to honor fathers in America.

I also do not doubt that it was by design.

The Sunday edition is the best place to launch a series of investigative reports.  Many print edition Herald readers choose a Sunday subscription as opposed to receiving the entire week’s worth of newspapers.  It’s a given that Sunday is the most logical day to reach as many readers as possible.  There are 52 opportunities a year for the Herald to grab their readers’ attention.

Opting to break the story about a questionable police sting operation on Father’s Day was inauspicious at best.  It was malicious at the very worst.

Miami Herald 06-21-15With so many men shirking their responsibilities, fatherhood has indeed fallen out of fashion.  It should come as no surprise that the decline of the family unit, which produced entire generations of children with no positive male role models in their lives, would necessarily lead to trouble.  The so-called “experts” on societal ills refuse to recognize that this is one of  most obvious causes of criminal behavior.  The effect is especially prevalent among young males who rarely, if ever, have any meaningful contact with their own fathers, many of whom were themselves raised in a fatherless household.

Far too many women view men as nothing more than sperm donors and baby daddies who sometimes pay child support.  If they’re lucky.  But, instead of viewing absentee fathers as the problem, modern day “wisdom” has concluded that fathers are optional, and fatherhood unnecessary.

Fortunately for me, my mother didn’t feel that way.  I’d give anything for the chance to spend today with my father, who was the most most influential and important person in my life until he died five years ago last month.  As difficult as Father’s Day is for me, I was fortunate to have my dad far into my adult years.  My son, who lost his father at age 15, was not so lucky.

Equally unfortunate are the children of the 125 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty since last Father’s Day, June 15, 2015, four of them this month alone.

Sheriff Ladson O’Conner of Montgomery County, Georgia, was killed on June 16, 2015 in an accident while pursuing two armed suspects who had already fired at two officers.

sheriff-ladson-oconnorSheriff O’Conner left behind four children.

Police Officer Rick Silva of the Chehalis Police Department in Washington State died in surgery on June 18, 2015 to correct an injury he sustained after being assaulted with a knife by a shoplifter who was attempting to resist arrest.

police-officer-rick-silvaOfficer Silva left behind an adult daughter.

Police Officer Sonny Kim of the Cincinnati Police Department was killed on Friday, June 19, 2015 during a shootout after the suspect wounded and disarmed him.  He died from those wounds.

officer-sonny-kimOfficer Kim left behind three sons.

Police Officer Daryle Holloway of the New Orleans Police Department was killed just yesterday, June 20, 2015, when a prisoner he was transporting shot him.

police-officer-daryle-hollowayOfficer Holloway left behind three teenaged children.

The Miami Herald editor could have chosen any given Sunday to run with the License to Launder series.

Instead of publishing a cover story honoring fathers who take their responsibilities seriously, or even a tribute to the fathers in uniform who have lost their lives while serving and protecting, the Miami Herald chose Father’s Day to vilify an entire profession.

And in the process, whether inadvertently or not, the Miami Herald vilified the state of fatherhood.  How utterly despicable.

I want to take this opportunity to salute all the fathers who have been a positive presence and role model in the lives of their children.  All of you deserve to have a Happy Father’s Day.  I hope your children truly appreciate the men in their lives.

There are no words to adequately comfort all the children who are spending this day alone because their dads made the ultimate sacrifice.  In a perfect world, their fathers would be honored and exalted, especially on Father’s Day.

The Miami Herald editor may not, but I choose to honor these very special heroes for their courage, their bravery and their dedication not only to their communities, but especially to their own children.

God bless all of you.  May you rest in peace.

Stephanie Kienzle
“Spreading the Wealth”

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  1. Selma says:

    55 People died in June 2015 at the hands of Police in the United States of America. Police http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database
    Police officer charged with killing ex-wife appears in court June 17, 2015 U. S. FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer accused of chasing and fatally shooting his ex-wife as their young daughter watched
    June 11, 2015 U. S. Iowa police officer kills unarmed man who ‘walked with purpose’ Police still investigating why officer Vanessa Miller shot Ryan Keith Bolinger through the rolled-up window of her patrol car
    U. S. Oakland Police Shoot And Kill Armed Suspect Found Passed Out In Car Near Lake Merritt June 6, 2015
    U. S. LOS ANGELES (CN) – A boy with Asperger’s syndrome was playing in a tree when Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies ordered him down at gunpoint, then beat and Tasered him, his mother claims in court.
    U. S. MANHATTAN (CN) – The Second Circuit on Monday revived due-process claims from a man who spent 18 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit…Lopez, who said Blount had punched him in the face shortly before he was shot, later testified that police threatened to charge him with the shooting unless he fingered Bermudez as Wool Lou.


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      United States population: 325,067,452 (http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/us-population/)
      Number who died “at the hands of police officers” in June, 2015: 55

      Number of sworn law enforcement officers: 765,000 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_enforcement_in_the_United_States)
      Number who died in the line of duty in June, 2015: 5

      Yes, you definitely made your point.

      Congratulations! You are VotersOpinion Asshole of the Year.


    2. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      Listen, Mr. Lugo. I get it. You hate cops. But, I’m not publishing any more of your crap. I suggest you stop trying to post.



    3. Community Organizer says:

      Hey Lugo,

      You forgot to list yesterday’s killing of the New Orleans Police Officer by a criminal who happened to be black. Of course there isn’t a peep from you or the other race baiters who only care about blacks that happened to be killed by police no matter what the circumstances. Where’s the community outrage for this senseless killing? Of course your stats ignore any shootings of police officers as it doesn’t serve your agenda which is to create and propagate turmoil in the black community and promote racial tension and civil disobedience.

      You’re the typical Liberal Socialist whose welfare state has been the largest cause of keeping many in the black community as recipients and dependents of government cheese which continues the vicious cycle of poverty, fatherless boys, and violence.


      1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

        If he wants to rant all day long about how horrible cops are, there are plenty of anti-cop websites for him to frequent. This is not one of them. I have no problem with differences of opinion, and I’m fine with people who disagree with me. But the only time that person posts a comment here it’s for the purpose of spewing his hatred for law enforcement. His agenda is painfully obvious. I heard enough.


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