Thank you, Kip Hill for the excellent article on General Jim Mattis and Governor Chris Christie, featured speakers for the Eastern Washington dinner of Washington Policy Center held at the Davenport Grand (“Optimistic Mattis looks to future,” Oct. 25).
I was there as a volunteer with my grandson, a Marine veteran of Afghanistan. It was one of the best evenings since Charles Krauthammer spoke several years ago. Thanks to the courtesy of generous table sponsors, many young students were honored, including Judith Claire Anderson of Whitworth University, recipient of the Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship Award.
Much to the chagrin of some in Spokane, President Donald Trump was not incessantly criticized by “refugees from responsibilities,” but the focus was on this wonderful experiment called America and the sacrifice of courageous founders and their families who offered their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
General Mattis suggested there are two ways to motivate in a conflict: by inspiration or intimidation. The Champion of Freedom Award to Admiral (Ret.) Thomas Hayward was well deserved and graciously received. We’ve come a long way since “sailors and dogs – keep off the grass.”
Our outstanding, outgoing mayor, David Condon, invoked scripture for civic leadership: “Do not become weary in well-doing.” I even asked 3rd District City Council candidate and Air Force veteran Andy Rathbun for his sign in our yard. We sat at the same table hosted by Mr. Tom Power.
There was a sense of hope and pride in this wonderful community of Spokane. Let’s pray our upcoming elections portray “America the Beautiful.”