Put neighborhoods’ future over politics
My wife and I have lived in Duanesburg for 46 years. For 22 years, I was chairman of the town’s Parks and Recreation Commission.
My political views as a registered Democrat never outwardly affected my relationships with neighbors or town officials, despite political differences.
There seemed to be an unwritten rule to separate personal relations from political or religious differences. This past year, I’ve had some experiences that make me wonder if that rule is breaking down.
I don’t know if such a breakdown is widespread, but I think in this time of extreme rancor in our national politics it is important to consider the value of neighborliness.
We all want to live in communities where we feel safe and have cordial relations with neighbors. I, also, value having good relations with neighbors with different ideas and beliefs.
I think these relationships can be an important way of avoiding villainizing “the other side.”
If we let political differences infect our communities, it will be very difficult to build back trust and a sense of shared community in the future. For this reason, I think this is an important time for us all to go out of our way to minimize political differences with neighbors and actively find ways to strengthen our neighborhood relations.
Most of us have very limited power over which president or governor we have, but we have a lot of influence over the kind of neighborhood we live in.
Winners and losers: Take down signs
To all the successful candidates in last Tuesday’s election, congratulations. Take down your signs.
To those who were defeated at the polls, sorry for your loss. Take down your signs.
Offer a birthday toast to the Marines
On Nov. 10, the United States Marine Corps will celebrate the 246th anniversary of its founding.
I still remember my first Marine Corps birthday celebration. I was a recruit at Parris Island, and we had a “holiday routine.” For us privates, this meant an extra hour of sleep. But the evening meal — wow — we had large portions of ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, squash and cranberries, topped off with cake and ice cream. I thought, I LIKE this outfit. My next Marine Corps birthday was in Vietnam. We had hot chow and cold beer.
God bless that C.O., wherever he is now.
Over the next 20 years of my active service, we celebrated with birthday balls while stateside. These balls gave us an opportunity to show off our lovely “eye candy” ladies, dressed in all their finery, who we were currently courting and often marrying. And our female Marines, not to be outdone, had their handsome, studly escorts, who, quite possibly, were not aware if they were the pursuers or the pursued.
While deployed overseas, we would gather and celebrate with the Marines in our unit and reminisce about past exploits.
Again this year, I will be celebrating the Marine Corps’ birthday and dining with some of the finest men and women this country has ever produced: United States Marines. Offer a toast to them all — Here’s health to you and to our Corps. Semper Fidelis.
Sgt. Maj. James P. Kirby
We must teach the evils of slavery
Critical Race Theory: Not teaching that slavery is evil is akin to not teaching boys that rape is wrong.
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