To The Editor:
I’m like many older folks who need less sleep and don’t sleep very well. My problem, however, is when I wake in the middle of the night because I’m extremely concerned for our society and deeply troubled with what’s spiraling out of control, I find it hard to go back to sleep, which brings me to this commentary.
Not long ago, I awoke in the middle of the night and found myself worrying about some of the horrific things that will be happening in the Middle East and how that will greatly compound our economy, especially with Obama in the presidency, so I turned to Him and asked for some peace of mind. Those of you who have faith understand that when you speak with God, He answers you via enlightenment. What makes it even more amazing is while you’re expressing your deepest concerns, His enlightenment comes to you even before the last thought leaves your mind. As we say in church, He is an awesome God.
When I asked Him to give me peace of mind, this is what came to me that gave me great comfort that I feel compelled to share with my fellow Johnstonians. To desire peace of mind can be like a grazing cow consumed with only one thought: feeding. It’s peaceful indeed when you can make yourself oblivious of your surroundings and all the turmoil that is afflicting our society. Maybe that’s why people don’t vote or read the paper. Over the course of my life, I’ve put down the paper and turned off the news a few times myself. The thought that came to me, however, was that I should be asking for the determination to cope with what is before us. The definition of cope is “handle something successfully.”
As we have all been told over the course of our lives, our freedoms came at a great cost and sacrifice, and it is indeed a shared responsibility to make sure our freedoms are not taken from us. The reality here, however, is that at this very moment there are groups, ideologies and philosophies who seek to undermine our concept of freedom. And I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but these elements of our society now control the once great Democrat Party: liberals and unions. Every state they control, people are in need of peace of mind when the reality there is they brought it on themselves for not realizing their shared responsibilities.
Over the coming months, I’ll be examining the budgets, where the money is going and the multitude of provisions in the contracts that are bankrupting our town that no one is talking about. Your responsibility is to pass that information to others. The reality here is an informed electorate will elect the right people to office. And if enough good people get elected to office, we can then have the cost-effective government we need, which will lead to lower taxes and a higher standard of living for town residents.
In closing, I hope this brief commentary will encourage others to have a heart to heart to ask for guidance and the ability to cope with the many shared responsibilities that lie before us. When you’re able to cope, you will still have the ability to grasp and contemplate the many issues before us. Peace of mind is indeed a form of respite that we all need from time to time, but make sure the “Gone Fishing” sign doesn’t stay up too long because Uncle Sam urgently needs you.
Peter A. Filippi III