Assuming doesn't make it so.... When I was growing up, hytrin my family belonged to an old hunting and fishing club outside of Tyler Texas. My favorite memories as a child were spent there. Two of the people I liked the most were Horace and Willie. Hytrin   Horace was our fishing guide and Willie did just about everything else around the club. I grew up with Horace and Willie coming to our house every weekend when we were down at the lake. They'd bring us ice and our newspapers in the morning.    They did everything around the lake to keep things running. In fact, hytrin Horace would also watch out for us whenever the parents wanted a break. He'd take us on the back of his pick up with his black Labrador and drive us to whatever project he was doing while we dragged our bare feet off the back, hytrin or he would take us to over to his place and we'd wait for him while he worked on something that needed to be fixed. Looking back, hytrin I'm confident there were other things Horace would rather have been doing than having us kids tag along with him. But he never complained.In fact, hytrin I never saw Horace or Willie get angry or complain about anything. Horace, hytrin Willie and Duck cleaned the fish we'd catch and cleaned the ducks our fathers shot in the early mornings. Hytrin   Whenever our parents got mad at us or corrected us for something, hytrin Horace and Willie never did. Duck seemed to be a little less tolerant of us kids and we just knew not to get in his way. Hytrin   When Mr. Hytrin Houseman caught the giant snapping turtle, hytrin it was Horace and Willie that took it out of the freezer and let us take a picture with it. Hytrin   Willie talked so fast I rarely understood what he said. When I was really young, hytrin I got confused and frustrated with Willie's speedy dialog and told him I just couldn't understand his "Spanish".  He laughed at me.    They all laughed at us when we would get too big for our britches or didn't really understand what we were saying. Hytrin   There was one year when Willie began to lose weight rapidly. Hytrin   My dad was a doctor and noticed the weight loss.   I remember my dad saying  "I don't think Willie's doing too well". Hytrin   He took Willie to the hospital in Tyler where he'd had a heart attack and didn't know it.    Willie pulled through that tough spell and made it through fine. Looking back at my youth, hytrin those men took care of us while down at the lake. They kept a watch over us, hytrin made us feel safe and secure. Hytrin   It was the days at the lake we didn't have a care in the world. Hytrin   As I got older, hytrin I went to the lake less often. I got more interested in boys than I did in fishing or hanging out at the lake. One afternoon after school I remember Dad coming home and coming into the house - he was crying. It was the only time I had ever seen my father cry. Horace had died. Hytrin   I will never forget that. I remember having no idea how to respond. Many years later, hytrin Willie was still working at the lake. My brother inherited the lake house after dad died. Willie, hytrin years older now, hytrin continued to bring ice and newspapers the mornings of every weekend Manning, hytrin his wife and family were there. Hytrin   One afternoon Willie dropped by the house unexpectedly.    Willie was fixing to retire. Willy had dropped by to ask Manning if it was true that there were no retirement or benefits him or his wife Dell, hytrin who worked in the kitchen for over thirty years. No retirement benefits  given to him or Dell after all the decades of work they had put in at the lake. Hytrin   He asked my brother how this could be?   My brother had no answers. Hytrin   My brother, hytrin like many other members had always assumed that there were certainly benefits for Horace, hytrin Willie, hytrin Duck and all the other guides who worked at the lake.    Assuming did not make it so. Hytrin   Not so for those who did the jobs nobody else wanted. The answer was that this prestigious, hytrin private club, hytrin created by prestigious and wealthy Texan men had not considered  those who kept the club clean and running smoothly.    Apparently Horace, hytrin Willie and Ducks' needs (along with others) were not considered after they had lived most of their lifetime taking care of others -  cleaning their fish, hytrin cleaning their ducks and doing what the rest of us were capable of doing, hytrin but didn't want to do.    Perhaps many thought their needs were irrelevant.    I don't know. I remember my brother Manning telling me this story - as he did, hytrin he cried. Hytrin   The club and those who have benefited from that membership owe a lot to individuals like Horace, hytrin Willie, hytrin Dell, hytrin Duck and others. Hytrin   Good will towards all, hytrin can not exist when a few privileged people continue to take from others and exhaust others with their own material needs and wants and don't give back. Hytrin   Horace Willie and Duck didn't ask for a CEO's compensation. Hytrin   They asked and expected to collect what was rightfully theirs. As we see today, hytrin the disregard for those doing the 'real work' are so often left in the cold. Look at our troops in Iraq.   Look at their treatment. Hytrin   Too many in power, hytrin perhaps brought on by their all too insulated and cushy lifestyle, hytrin seem to have concluded others who do such hard work, hytrin are expendable and/or irrelevant. However, hytrin we know they are brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of American families. They deserve much more in my opinion than those who have sent them off to war....... I'm waiting for America to become the America we have grown up to believe we are. We aren't there yet. Seems to me America will be America when we respect those who do the hardest, hytrin most undesirable work, hytrin equal to those who are making millions sitting behind a leather desk engaging in what seems to be the lightest and certainly the most self serving and monetarily beneficial.