We can all learn from Tom Petty

Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor: I was for­tu­nate enough to see Tom Petty play Pitts­burgh on June 9th of this year on his 40th an­niver­sary and what turned out to be his farewell tour.

Tom re­pro­duced his al­bum sound flaw­lessly, was hum­ble and truly ap­pre­cia­tive of the au­di­ence's pos­i­tive feed­back.

He was un­selfish in al­low­ing each of his band mem­bers a solo mo­ment in the spot­light, a time to shine. He had a his­tory of fight­ing for what he be­lieved in - in a non con­fronta­tional way, in­clud­ing pen­ning Let’s Bring Peace to L.A. in the wake of the 1991 Rod­ney King ri­ots.

In an in­dus­try so full of big egos where real tal­ent is rare, this guy was a great ex­am­ple of in­tegrity. So for those of you who com­plain about politi­cians but never vote or carp about so­cial problems but never vol­un­teer, take heed.

Learn from Tom’s ex­am­ple, take ac­tion and be the change that you seek.

Steve Wa­gar Prince Ge­orge the world un­der Trump, Putin and other un­bal­anced world lead­ers. Diplo­macy has given way to reck­less pos­tur­ing by those with the big­gest nu­clear guns. Who will make the first mis­take?

Added to this threat is the fact that their nu­clear weaponry is ag­ing. U.S. Ti­tan mis­siles are over 50 years old and de­com­mis­sioned Rus­sian nu­clear subs are left to de­cay in Arc­tic wa­ters.

U.S. pos­tur­ing and com­pli­ance by oth­ers at the United Na­tions re­gard­ing North Korean trade sanc­tions ex­poses this nu­clear hypocrisy. If you have the big­gest nu­clear guns, you can de­mo­nize those that don’t have as many and those that want them.

To right this sit­u­a­tion, per­haps all non­nu­clear na­tions should im­pose trade sanc­tions against nu­clear coun­tries in ac­cor­dance with their weaponry. High­est sanc­tions would be im­posed against na­tions with the high­est level of nu­clear weaponry.

Steve Burke West Kelowna

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