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December 10, 2016

Let’s clarify what ‘hero’ really means

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 am

In response to my letter comparing Greg Abbott to Wendy Davis, Maureen Nolan Wilde calls single parents true heroes. Thank you for the compliment, Ms. Nolan-Wilde.

When my first husband died, I was left with three young children to raise. As a single mother, I did exactly as you said in your letter, putting my “children’s needs above all else while balancing the demands of day to day life.” I woke up every morning, fed and dressed them and got them to school before going to work to support them and myself. I never considered that remarkable, nor myself a hero. I just did what I had to do. My heroes are our police, firefighters and military who put their lives on the line for all of us.

Most of Wendy Davis’ “success story” has little to do with her being a single mom. Her second husband paid for her final two years at TCU, then cashed in his 401K and took out a loan to pay for Wendy’s tuition and expenses at Harvard Law School. Wendy’s two daughters lived with Mr. Davis in Fort Worth while she attended law school in Massachusetts. Shortly after graduating from Harvard and after the student loan was paid off, she divorced him and once again became a single mother.

Wendy Davis: hero or opportunist? You decide.

Brenda Gutierrez, Tiki Island