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John Rumpz, whose letter appeared Sept. 15, has been selected last month’s Golden Pen Award winner. In the judgment of the editors, he had the most effective letter during September.
Rumpz, 44, is vice president of Woodburn Diamond Die. The 50-year family-owned business makes wire drawing dies for customers such as Superior Essex and Rea Wire Magnet. The Detroit-area native is an engineering graduate of the University of Michigan with an MBA from Wayne State University. He and his wife Michelle have a son and a daughter.
Rumpz said world travel has made him “very conscious of the way the world looks at us.” “We’re expected to help, but I don’t know that it’s always appreciated,” he said. Factors both human and economic have combined to make Rumpz wary of military intervention. “We’ve got a lot of cleaning up in our own house to do,” he said.
Rumpz received a gold-plated inscribed pen for his efforts. The Golden Pen Award was established to express our appreciation for the contributions our letter writers make to the editorial page.
Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
John Rumpz is the September winner of the Golden Pen Award.

Golden Pen: September

Non-intervention true power measure

I am not an overly religious person and generally not a proponent of President Barack Obama’s policies, but as of late I find myself praying that our leader has the strength and courage to avoid conflict in Syria. To say that what has happened there is not worthy of intervention would be pure denial of facts. This time, however, things are different. Sometimes the strongest of leaders are those who know when not to exert their power and influence. This seems to be one of those times.

We have little support from the global community, including our strongest ally England, for action in Syria. The most resounding voices have been from the likes of Russia, China, Iran and others, all declaring their disagreement with U.S. intervention. Even support in the form of arming the rebels in Syria should be avoided as there is a very high likelihood that that these arms will find their way to enemies of our nation.

We must learn when it is time to stand down. While the United Nations remains a cocktail party punch line, it is for dealing with events like the chemical warfare in Syria for which the U.N. was created.

The Assad regime has committed crimes against humanity and will be held accountable. Obama must understand that U.S. intervention at this time could be the catalyst for a series of events with horrific unintended consequences. This is a time when the greatness of United States should be measured by its compassion and not its strength.

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