Oris: King’s Message Of Hope Still Rings True

Oris: King’s Message Of Hope Still Rings True

As l write this letter, we are celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I am personally reflecting on the difficult year behind us and wondering what the year ahead will bring for us all.

This past year was marked by significant health and economic devastation due to COVID-19 and the escalation of deep divisions across our country which led to violence and loss of life. It was a tough year for all, however, on a day when I am inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I choose to think about the positive aspects of 2020 and I look forward with hope and optimism for a better 2021 for us all.

Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” It is with Dr. King in mind and with great gratitude that I thank all our healthcare, first-responder, public service and front-line workers who are “doing for others.” Your selfless acts and commitment to serving a cause greater than your own represents the best of us. You are saving lives and making a difference.

We have also witnessed the generosity of the Cheshire community. Your financial donations, volunteerism and acts of kindness during this tough time are acknowledged and applauded. It has provided much needed support to our most vulnerable and our local families and businesses most impacted by the pandemic. This sense of community and commitment to helping others is a trademark of Cheshire and one of the reasons Cheshire is such a great place to live and raise a family.

As I look forward to 2021, I remain hopeful that we will turn the corner on this dreadful pandemic, keep our most vulnerable safe and once again enjoy the direct contact of family, friends and neighbors, go to a movie, a show or sporting event, take a trip or dine with friends at a local restaurant. I hope we will put our personal and political differences aside to advance a positive agenda that serves us all. We can embrace our differences of opinion and encourage vigorous and spirited debate, as that is the foundation of our democracy. However, we must never condone violence for any reason and we must push back against this abhorrent behavior wherever and whenever it occurs.

Let’s find a united path forward, with thoughtful discussion and reasonable compromise to address the many important issues facing our country, our state and our great town of Cheshire.

As Dr. King said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” After all, our future and our children’s future depends on it.

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