Posted 10/30/07

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My Thanks…

In any conflict, there are always individuals and groups that rise to the occasion yet seem to fall through the cracks when it comes to gaining recognition for their efforts. The global struggle against Necro-Mortosis is no different. I would like to take a moment to offer my thanks to some of our current crop of unsung heroes for all they do and continue to do in the struggle against the plague. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and there are many other such people out there doing their all to keep us safe and help us deal with the aftermath an infection on our soil can bring.

To the Coast Guard, National Guard and Air National Guard, I extend my thanks for your efforts in keeping our borders, skies and beaches safe. These have always been much-maligned and sneered-at forces in America’s “warrior cultures”. Under-funded, under-manned and under-appreciated, they have trudged on, fighting crime, drug trafficking and illegal immigration with little in the way of public recognition for their service. Now they have the arduous task of keeping the plague from our borders. I would also like to extend my thanks to the various state and federal border enforcement agencies as well. It amazes me how much responsibility we charge these people with and how little we truly appreciate them.

There’s a little support group based in Tempe, AZ, known as Survivors of the Dead. Their membership is small, though unfortunately it seems to grow daily. The Survivors are a network of just that; the spouses, children and other relations of Americans that have lost a loved one to the plague. They have established a scholarship fund for surviving children, operate donation drives to fill care packages for U.S. and foreign troops alike fighting the plague around the world and offer counseling through a network of mental health professionals sympathetic to the particular ravages of the mind seeing a loved one reanimated can bring. To the Survivors, my hat is off to you, and my donation check is in the mail.

There’s a certain diverse rock star out there that has created and personally funds a group of young performers called “Straight Talk”. Through music, motivational speaking and plain, honest Q&A, this group of dedicated young people travel the country to schools and communities to talk to children of all ages about the facts and myths of Necro-Mortosis and the walking dead. While many public schools simply refuse to invite them for fear of parental backlash, many private schools and tight-knit communities keep the troupe busy with performance requests. The group accepts absolutely no payment in any form and gets their funding directly from said artist. He’s a very private man, and I know he would rather I not reveal his name here. All I can say is that he truly lives up to his name, and he has my gratitude and my support should he ever need it.

Now, I know I can’t be the only one that knows about compassionate, selfless patriots like these, so now I challenge each and every one of you out there. If you know of other individuals and groups like these, write to me through the article comment link below and tell me about them. If I can verify them, I will make certain they gain mention in future articles. The plague cannot be defeated by mere military might and medical marvels alone. Compassion and hard work on the civilian side must be brought to bear as a compliment to bullets and hard science if America, nay the human race, is ever to claim victory over Necro-Mortosis. These patriots and heroes need to be honored and recognized for what they’re doing. They are the light in these the darkest times man has known since the Black Plague. To help them, is to help us all.

Arthur Helms is a syndicated columnist who has dealt with a host of social and political issues. His previous syndicated column, “Logic, Please?” offered commentary on a host of world-view issues as seen through the cold yet bright light of plain logic, demonstrated fact and simple common sense.

While the academic and political elite often dismissed his commentary as “too simplistic” for our complicated times, his books of collected columns and hundreds of national speaking engagements each year attest to his connection to a readership yearning for simple answers to complex issues. Helms recently ended his syndicated column to sign on exclusively with Zombie World News, providing a fresh, logical,
plain-English view of the plague and to bring some common sense to what many perceive to be a senseless situation.

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