A CURIOUS VIEW: REMEMBERING A POLITICAL HERO, A DECORATED SOLDIER, ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH.

A CURIOUS VIEW: “FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.”
A political hero, a decorated soldier, remembers a literary hero and the book that changed his life.

By Lee Carosi Dunn

The last time I visited with McCain, last year, he asked about my children and reminded me that my son was the same age, 13, as he was when he discovered his favorite book in his dad’s library: “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” He told me it was time for my son to read this coming-of-age novel and reminded me that, as the book asks,

Though the list of things he did for his country is long, McCain didn’t just aid me by providing paid leave and flexibility in returning to the workforce: He made it possible for me to aid others.

This Labor Day, as we celebrate American workers and remember an American hero, let’s work together to enact paid leave for parents to ensure that they can return to the workforce — one that includes and accommodates parents. Congress should act this year: As Ernest Hemingway wrote, and as working parents know, “There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow.”

 

 

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