Candidate really cares

Norma Smith cares about people. And most importantly, she walks the talk. Last summer I spoke with her about families of an unheralded World War II disaster in which 1,015 young U.S. soldiers lost their lives on the day after Thanksgiving of 1943. For over 50 years, families of those casualties were never told what happened to their loved ones and parents went to their graves never told of the fate of their sons. Over 900 men managed to heroically survive this incredible tragedy in the Mediterranean in which a German remote-controlled bomb was launched in the air and sunk the HMT Rohna, a troopship bound for Bombay to bring troops and supplies to the China-Burma-India theater of the war.

Norma, who was then special assistant to Congressman Jack Metcalf and who has a deep interest in veteran’s affairs, immediately responded. She also knew that I had a personal interest in this tragedy since my family was one of those that had remained in the dark for over 50 years. She expressed genuine interest and asked pertinent questions. Then, to my amazement, she arranged for a briefing session for me with Congressman Metcalf.

To make a long story short, as a result of Norma’s caring, a conclusion to this chapter in history occurred on Oct. 10. The House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 408 by Congressman Metcalf. This resolution expressed the appreciation of Congress for the heroic sacrifice of the servicemen who died for freedom, for the bravery of the survivors, for the families of these service members, and finally for the rescuers, especially the crew of the USS Pioneer who endangered their own lives to save 606 men.

Thanks to Norma Smith, a person who really cares. Norma Smith really walks the talk.


Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, May 26

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

FILE - A worker cleans a jet bridge at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., before passengers board an Alaska Airlines flight, March 4, 2019. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines owns Horizon Air. Three passengers sued Alaska Airlines on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, saying they suffered emotional distress from an incident last month in which an off-duty pilot, was accused of trying to shut down the engines of a flight from Washington state to San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Editorial: FAA bill set to improve flight safety, experience

With FAA reauthorization, Congress proves it’s capable of legislating and not just throwing shade.

The author’s 19-year-old niece, Veronika, was among seven people killed by a gunman on May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif.
Comment: I lost my niece to gun violence 10 years ago this week

Since then, Washington state voters and lawmakers have taken bold steps to discourage gun violence.

Comment: Reroute of Harvey Field runway not worth flood risk

Without a projected need for expansion, the work risks flooding impacts to wildlife and residents.

Expanding grants will help more students get college degrees

For good or ill, the American labor force is being automated. To… Continue reading

Was I-5’s long closure necessary?

It seems there needs to be a rational discussion and possibly a… Continue reading

Balloon releases are harming wildlife

When will the media stop perpetuating the myth that releasing balloons into… Continue reading

1oth LD, Senate race: St. Clair brings experience to post

We are fortunate to have an outstanding Democratic candidate running for State… Continue reading

FILE — TikTok content creators at a news conference with several House Democrats on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. A bill that would force a sale of TikTok by its Chinese owner, ByteDance — or ban it outright — was passed by the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden; now the process is likely to get even more complicated. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times)
Comment: Why TikTok’s lawsuit of federal ban isn’t all talk

The social media app’s makers are challenging the ban on legitimate First Amendment grounds.

The vessel Tonga Chief, a 10-year-old Singaporean container ship, is moored at the Port of Everett Seaport in November, 2023, in Everett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald file photo)
Editorial: Leave port tax issue for campaign, not the ballot

Including “taxing district” on ballot issue to expand the Port of Everett’s boundaries is prejudicial.

Snohomish County Councilmembers Nate Nehring, left, and Jared Mead, speaking, take turns moderating a panel including Tulip Tribes Chairwoman Teri Gobin, Stanwood Mayor Sid Roberts and Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell during the Building Bridges Summit on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, at Western Washington University Everett in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Editorial: Candidates, voters have campaign promises to make

Two county officials’ efforts to improve political discourse skills are expanding to youths and adults.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks to a reporter as his 2024 gubernatorial campaign launch event gets underway in Seattle, on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023. ( Jerry Cornfield/Washington State Standard)
Editorial: Recruiting two Bob Fergusons isn’t election integrity

A GOP activist paid the filing fee for two gubernatorial candidates who share the attorney general’s name.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.