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Poppy time; dig a little deeper

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It's that time of the year again when those familiar poppy donation boxes appear on counters of businesses big and small.

They offer a poppy for a donation by which the wearer shows his or her support for our veterans.

Remembrance Day is not far away and the money from the poppy campaign is important because the money given is used to support veterans and their families.

In recent years, there has appeared a sliver of society that thinks nothing of grabbing these boxes filled with money and dashing away. Last year was especially bad and thousands of dollars went missing -- much of it in St. John's.

No doubt the thieves were hard up for a dollar but what kind of social misfit steals money from people in their senior years who have put their lives on the line to protect this country and the world?

It's beyond comprehension for any straight-thinking person.

And that brings us to this year's campaign.

These crimes should have no impact on anyone donating to the poppy campaign. In fact, it's a good reason to give more than usual because of what was lost last year.

Don't be afraid to dig a little deeper and give an extra few dollars. It's the least we can do for those who gave so much.

Canadian veterans of all ages have been under pressure from the federal government in recent years in a misguided attempt to shave costs from programs that assist the people who have defended this country.

If we can't change the minds of stingy politicians, we can show them what Canadians really think of our veterans by supporting them as never before.

Maybe that will send a message, just as the poppy does.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 6, 2012 A11

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