Tough Decisions

Today my dad, who is a prosecuting attorney, won a big case. It involved someone who shot and killed his girlfriend. He was sentenced to life in prison without mercy. Although I was very happy for my dad’s victory, I felt a twinge of guilt when I saw his picture on a local news website. It was an odd feeling that we had actually just talked about today in my ethics class. We talked about how you hear about a murder and think that the person who did it must have really been a bad person, but sometimes you hear the background of the person and it changes your view a little. I’m not saying that’s the same situation as this particular murder trial, but it still makes you think. I saw this guy’s picture and I thought “Wow. This man will never have the opportunities that the rest of us will have.” His life is basically over and it was all because of a bad decision.

 It also made me think about what it must have been like for my dad. I can’t even begin to comprehend what it would feel like getting up in front of a courtroom and being in the position of deciding a man’s sentence. My dad was the one who had to decide whether or not this guy deserved life in prison. I’m not saying any of this to spark sympathy for this man because he killed someone and that is wrong. No matter how you look at it, it is never okay to murder someone. However, it does make me think about everyday choices we all make. If that guy would have just kept his cool, maybe he wouldn’t be in the position he is in. I guess that’s what makes my dad’s job so rewarding and yet so tough. He is the guy that has to decide the fate of someone’s life when they have broken the law. He has to do the right thing no matter how much it will hurt a family, or upset a community and that to me is amazing. I can’t imagine getting up everyday knowing I had to make decisions like that. I really do have the coolest dad and he probably doesn’t even know it.

Though this isn’t a food related blog, it is an entry that I consider good for the soul. It may not touch any of you and it may not make you think, but it sure made me thankful that we have people in the world like my dad who volunteer to make these difficult decisions for us. It made me look at my own life and see that if I keep making good decisions, I’ll be okay no matter what.

Morgantown Running

My contact with Girls on the Run sent me an email a few weeks ago and I kept forgetting to post info about it. So here it is. 

New Balance is running a promotion now through early April that will help raise money for GOTR. The retail partner involved is Morgantown Running, which is located in downtown Morgantown. Below is more information.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

NEW BALANCE

INSTANT GIVE PROMOTION

February 1 – April 4, 2010

Try on a pair of New Balance footwear and we’ll donate $1 to one of our three favorite charity partners. Buy a pair and we’ll donate $5 more. With your help we will donate up to $150,000 to these worthy causes:

DETAILS:

When you try-on your pair of NB’s, you’ll receive one “Instant Give” game card with a unique code you can use to trigger the donation online at http://www.newbalance.com/instantgive or via text message from your mobile phone. In addition, if you purchase a pair of New Balance, you’ll have the option to get a $5 rebate or you can choose to donate as well. Step in. Step up. Show you care. Step in and try on a pair of New Balance footwear and we’ll donate $1 to one of our three favorite charity partners. Step up to the counter and buy a pair and we will send you a $5 rebate or donate it to the charity of your choice.*

With your help we will donate up to $150,000 across these worthy causes.

WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?

The program runs from February 2nd through April 4th, 2010. The last chance to enter your donation or rebate request is May 4, 2010.

WHERE IS IT HAPPENING?

Participating retailers include New Balance stores nationwide, local running & specialty shoe stores, and national retailers including Hibbett, Sports Chalet and Champs Sports. Not all locations are participating for every retailer, so make sure to check with the store you plan to visit first before making your trip.

HOW CAN I HELP?

New Balance is proud to contribute up to $150,000 to our cause partners through this program. How much of that will go to your cause is up to you – the more you spread the word and encourage supporters of your organization to try on a pair of New Balance footwear, the more donations you will get. Even better, we’ll be tracking the try-ons by location so all of the donation generated by people in your area will come back to your local affiliate / council / office!

Here are a few ideas on how you can help spread the word:

• Post on your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other social media pages

• Send an email to your participant/supporter mailing list

• Post on your website

• Plan group trips before or after events, meetings or other events you have planned

We’re sure you can come up with even more. Have fun & best of luck!

Visit http://www.newbalance.com/instantgive starting February 1 to see how it’s going!

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