OpEd: These Are Interesting Times
By Joe Kelly
These are interesting times. Our Country, State, Community, and Families are debating important issues. This is good but only good if we listen as well as speak. It is incredibly important that we take the time to once again remind ourselves of the many things we agree upon. We all want to be free, happy, successful, respected, and healthy. We all desire the best for our family and friends. Most of us want to help.
Every American has to believe our country is better off Independent then not. We must appreciate and cherish what we agree upon and take the time to enjoy what is truly good.
Saturday we celebrate our countries Declaration of Independence, adopted on 4 July 1776. The Thirteen Colonies of America declared that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” No greater words have ever been spoken by any governing body except possibly that of Abraham Lincoln. In his Gettysburg address, Lincoln passionately spoke, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”. President Lincoln recognized the magnitude of this most important declaration of independence and it is time that we as a nation do the same.
I suggest to the entire town of Greenwich, to my neighbors and friends, new and old that we take a break from arguing about the things we disagree on and spend this weekend celebrating something we at many times take for granted, America’s Independence.
Let us enjoy our families, friends, and neighbors, mourn those that we may have lost and are no longer with us, and embrace the precious tomorrows that we may be fortunate enough to share on this earth as a free society.
Happy Fourth Of July!!
Joe Kelly is a Candidate, for State Representative of the 150th