As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, we should recall those words near the beginning of the Declaration of Independence that changed the world.
“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.”
America witnessed a living example of those words that every school child is taught, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 5 to 4 decision, that people of the same gender are free to marry one another in all 50 states. (more…)
The sun shone, a bit reluctantly at first but finally with full brightness, on the Shelter Island Memorial Day parade. The High School Band stepped off briskly on Route 114 from the Center Fire House at 10 a.m. playing patriotic marches. Fire department members in their dress uniforms marched accompanied by antique and modern fire service vehicles, along with the Emergency Services team and many veterans of all ages. (more…)
Memorial Day struggles to keep its original meaning, but the day has recovered some of its essence because of the number of dead Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan this last, long, bloody decade.
Even though President Obama ended American involvement in Iraq and is withdrawing from the Afghanistan quagmire, the disaster of the Bush years of a ground war in the Middle East — thousands of deaths and injuries, two wars put on the credit card — will take at least a generation to overcome. (more…)