around my neighborhood, people have jumped on the bandwagon and started tying yellow ribbons around just about everything they could. i know this is meant to show they support the troops overseas, but how exactly does tying a ribbon around a tree help a soldier who's being shot at? i'm starting to think it's more of a badge of pride for some people, like they're trying to say, "hey, look at me! i'm a patriot! i support our troops!" if these people are so gung-ho about the war and supporting the troops, why don't they support them by enlisting and fighting in iraq? i'm sure that would help the cause. or as a local newspaper editorial suggested, they could volunteer to help the family of a deployed soldier around the house, doing chores, running errands, or taking care of the kids while a parent works to make ends meet.