I like this email I received from a reader yesterday:
I heard about the police shooting last night, but did not understand until early this morning the horrific circumstances. As I walked to breakfast, I felt a call to action. I wanted to do something to show appreciation and support for New York 's Finest. And I decided that at least until the end of the year, and likely longer I would hand out $5 gift cards from coffee establishments to every police officer whose path I crossed as a tangible gesture of that support. (I taped the receipt to the individual card showing the amount and to ensure no possibility of a glitch when using the card.)
My own personal feelings are absolute disgust with the way the Mayor is being blamed for the act of a clearly insane person. I cannot recall being more disgusted by the words I heard someone spoke, or the actions of disrespect. The Mayor is in a very difficult position, trying to walk a fine line that represents all citizens of this very diverse city. I think he deserves a lot of credit for the way he has handled things so far. To turn this latest tragedy into something political is absolutely disgraceful. We should instead be honoring and remembering the bravery and dedication of the two fine officers who we lost this weekend.Sometimes people want to do something but don't know what to do. It's easy. Like minded folks could follow suit, or interpret the gesture in their own way . . . shake the hand of a police officer and tell them you are sorry for their loss, send a condolence card to the local precinct . . . make a donation to the Silver Shield Foundation, or other appropriate gesture that feels comfortable and just do it . . . once or multiple times.