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Remembering Dominique Pandolfo

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in 9/11, Remembering, Victim, WTC | 0 comments

As part of a dedicated project to remember each of the victims of 9/11/2001, I was selected to remember Dominique Pandolfo.  In my research into Dominique’s life, it was clear that she was a wonderful and talented person who died much too young at age 27.  

Dominique was born on March 18, 1974, the only child of George and Barbara Pandolfo, in NYC. Her family moved to Paramus, NJ where she was raised and attended Paramus High School and then went on to Rutgers College and received her degree in 1996.

After college Dominique began teaching, but decided that the business world was more suited for her; especially in the computer field where she could still be in a teaching atmosphere. On Monday, September 10, 2001, she started her first class toward her MBA at NYU Stern School of Business. She previously worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers and eventually found her niche at Marsh & McLennan as a regional training coordinator for new employees. 

The WTC was not her home office, but she was called there for a meeting on the 99th floor on September 11, 2001.  There were many people in Dominique’s life whose lives were forever shattered by those who do not believe in American Values or the American Dream.  Dominique was living the American Dream, and should be an inspiration to all of us.  Her unfortunate death should remind all of us about the fragile nature of life, the promise of America, and the necessity to defend both.

Truly no person is an island, and we were all diminished by the loss of Dominique Pandolfo, and each of those lost on September 11, 2001.  Let’s keep their memories alive by continuing to fight those who aim to take away all that was precious to Dominique, her family and America.  

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Ron Silver, R.I.P.

Posted by on Mar 18, 2009 in 9/11, Afghanistan, conservative, Hollywood, hypocrisy, intolerance, Iraq, Ron Silver, War on Terror | 0 comments

I was sorry to learn that Ron Silver passed away on Sunday.  Although I cannot claim to be a fan of “The West Wing”, I am a fan of people that stand for principle.  Ron Silver stood up for his principles in the face of ostracism and even challenges to his livelihood.

Before 9/11, Ron was a longtime Democrat.  After 9/11, he saw the light and supported President Bush and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Because of his outspoken views on the need to carry on the War against Terror, he was pushed aside for available work by the various studios in Hollywood.  I thought Hollywood was the bastion of acceptance, tolerance and open expression of views?  It seems that may be so, but only if a particular individual agrees with and expresses views commonly shared by the powers that be in Hollywood.
It is always amazing to me to witness the hypocrisy and  intolerance expressed by those in Hollywood who seek to suppress conservative views.  When they suppress conservative viewpoints, they do so in the name of political correctness, which is really a forced or imposed method of group think.  Kudos to those in the entertainment industry that refuse to compromise their principles for the shallow victory of materialistic success.
Rest in peace, Ron Silver.
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