Open letter to our first-rate local businesses, especially Realtors:
Please do not leave fliers or other material at our front doors and on our porches. These very visible items signal to burglars that the homeowner is not home. When we travel, your fliers can remain for many days. This is probably not your intention.
We want you to be successful, so please advertise in a way that grows your business without putting our safety and security at risk.
The Oct. 18 guest editorial provided great insight. The writer sees so much more than we shallow, simple citizens. Here I thought the statement on the status told how the sculptor and landlord thought about America. But the writer tells us that the statue and statement are telling us how we should feel. Where did all that come from?
The statue’s statement, the writer says, represents the kind of loyalty that does not admit wrong. Yet the writer’s own absolute self-righteousness is far more dictatorial.
Ah, I think I understand. The statue gives the writer the opening to list some of the things that are wrong with America. But the statue is innocent; it is just serving as the writer’s excuse to vent. The writer is little different than spokespersons representing other dictatorial political philosophies around the world, left and right.
Come to think of it, the writer reminds me of certain speakers and writers in my youth who claimed to be the true American patriots. It turned out that many were actually members of the American Communist Party.
In a nation of great opportunity and promise founded on principles of individual freedoms and the right to associate for religious and other purposes, one would hope that we could join in rejoicing in steadfast support of this country which has given us, our parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren so much.
Steadfast is hardly a controversial term, meaning, severally, “loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, solid, trusty.” Of course no one will agree with everything the United States does, whether the administration is Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative, but that does not mean we won’t still support the country as whole, salute its flag and sing its anthem. In fact, we may be steadfast in our effort to make it a greater and better country acting on our disagreements with its policy because we love it and owe it so much.
Unfortunately, we live in most polarizing times when, for reasons not well articulated, or even understood, the attitude is too often if you disagree with me on one issue you disagree with me and oppose me completely, and in your disagreement you are simply wrong. But democracy is a system of checks and balances, compromise and progress though testing our ideas and our ideals in the tumult of change.
A nation of immigrants in a world of billions of people, oppressive governments, domestic terror and violence, including suicide bombings aimed at marketplaces, funerals and office towers, will not be of one opinion on all of its major issues, or even on what those major issues should be. But we can be steadfast in supporting the system, which has led the world in so many fields and endeavors, saving it from conquest by vicious regimes in two world wars, and innovating beyond any reasonable expectation of one nation.
When the writer of the guest editorial in the Oct. 18 edition of the Palisadian-Post finds “Steadfast” so repulsive just because they find some policies of the current administration problematic they reflect the unbending, “I am right you are wrong,” agree with me or you are the enemy, mentality that eats away at our ability to move forward.
We do not need to agree on every issue, and we all know that we will not agree on every issue, but we can agree that this country deserves our steadfast support while we endeavor to make it better and to find common ground with our fellow Americans, if not also with other nations.
And “Steadfast” is a further reminder that given the history of conquest, colonization, national expansion, and pursuit of freedom and opportunity on this planet, this country has been a source of enlightenment as a melting pot dedicated to that freedom and opportunity.
We also need to recognize that in an ever-more populous, and even vicious, world, one person’s freedom is another person’s bondage, and we need to find middle ground. “Steadfast” is a reminder that this nation has much more to accomplish and that it is a source of leadership for opportunity and for justice here and abroad, and indeed much of he world seeks to join us here. How many of them we can and will accommodate is another question. But if we are not steadfast in our support of this nation, there is no guarantee it will be here for our descendants.
Howard N. Gould