Kaleidoscope, by Berni Steinbach
President Franklin Roosevelt stated, “Every realist knows that the democratic way of life is at this moment being directly assailed in every part of the world–assailed either by arms, or by secret spreading of poisonous propaganda by those who seek to destroy unity and promote discord in nations that are still at peace.” Delivered to Congress in 1941, Roosevelt’s comments strike me as critically relevant today.
Politicians, national media outlets, and social media participants consistently report–often not accurately–on American values and how they affect our identity. Our contemporary confrontation of minds should be the mainspring to awareness and progress rather than a precursor to the demise of western society.
The national news fervor delivers a clear reminder of our responsibility to live, work, and play as a cohesive unit. Political turmoil is highlighted by the ongoing Federal Government shutdown as well as local issues related to land preservation, fiscal revenue, and water treatment. Residents of the Bass Islands can move into a rewarding 2019 founded on positive and constructive relationships. We should make our corner of the world a touchstone for economic success, personal freedom, individual development, and social unity. We can cherish Put-in-Bay sunsets, but let’s remember to celebrate sunrise. Let’s take “Lake Erie Love” to a new and higher level for our community and for all those who enjoy our shores and islands.