Examples of sacrifice guide us
Memorial Day, a day to remember those who sacrificed it all for us and for future generations.
They left for us an example to follow. An example that all of us are created equal, and that we need to always look out for one another. They set an example that we need to sacrifice also for the freedom and dignity for all our fellow citizens, now and those to follow.
How do we follow their example? Do we consider our fellow citizens around us during our daily lives? Do we consider and assist our fellow citizens who are less fortunate? Those whose income level is so low that basic necessities are difficult to acquire; food-housing-clothing-medical care. Or our other citizens who may be labeled as blue-collar or working-class individuals who have families. Families whose income levels and benefits have fallen so low that marriages and family units are breaking apart? What about children whose future rests on the possibility of a decent or at least an equal education? Equal to what? Equal to a school district next to their own where the property value is more than doubled to that where their parents or guardians live? Where the neighboring district has enough resources and their district does not? Do we consider our fellow citizens when we discuss politics and taxes? Do we consider our fellow citizens when we push for lower taxes or when we attempt to balance budgets? What happened to the theory of redistribution of wealth that is so vital for democracy and capitalism to survive?
When have we become so self-centered? When did profit and material wealth become our purpose? When have we forgotten that the culture and system that allowed us to be successful now needs our support so others may follow? Could we not grow a little more slowly so that all our citizens could grow equally? Could we attempt to grow side-by-side, equally? Could we not share our wealth more equally, for it is there because of all of our labors and not just a few?
I suggest this Memorial Day we try to remember the examples that were before us. I suggest that we mourn the mistakes that we continue to make. And I suggest that we pray for the courage and wisdom to change our ways so that all our citizens can share in our prosperity and grow more fully into that which God has intended for us.
Rev. Kirk A. Rollo, Cape Coral
We’re good, kind, mostly sane
Outrageous, stupid behavior garners infinitely more publicity than sane, intelligent behavior.
Here’s the reality: Sane, intelligent behavior is infinitely more prevalent in America than outrageous, stupid behavior.
I try to keep that in mind when the media carnival mirrors misreflect what’s happening in America.
We’re fine. Americans are good, kind and mostly sane.
J. Cant, Naples
Shouting over loud music
Gone is the time when you could enjoy a meal on Fifth Avenue and not have to shout across the table to converse with others. This is all due to the amplified music in the restaurants and on Fifth Avenue, which seems to be the norm.
The louder the music, the louder the voices. Attempting to hear each other over the din of the music is next to impossible. Soft music directed through speakers in restaurants was the norm. What has happened? Amplified music should be enjoyed in a park or theater.
Can you hear me now?
Elizabeth Rogala, Naples
Bill a Democrat power grab
HR1, the first bill written and introduced by Speaker Pelosi in January, is named “For the People.” This is also the slogan of a Florida Democrat trial lawyer’s mega-practice. HR1 is a federal takeover of elections and affects our freedoms and liberty.
Over 124 retired admirals and generals warn our country is under attack from socialism and Marxism. It warned “For the People” would destroy election fairness and is a sinister way for the Democrats to remain in power forever.
Today, states ensure free and honest elections using government ID’s and verified signatures. HR1 passed by House Democrats without Republican support imposes federal control over our voting process. States must conform to federal election procedures which restrict purging of voter rolls, prohibit state voter ID’s, and eliminate any vote-by-mail restrictions. It affects the “chain of custody” integrity with ballot harvesting and allows federal financing of congressional elections with a 6-to-1 match.
Voters don’t need a larger federal government lusting for power by subverting our Constitution and undermining state election oversight. Local election officials take pride in the current process and work closely with state legislatures protecting election security and voter rights. Democrats thrive on power grabbing; don’t let them.
Frank Mazur, Fort Myers