"Worshippers thank city officials!" I was amazed to see this headline recently, but I will save that discussion for another column. For now, I want to concentrate on the holidays. I find it amazing that for several weeks so much compassion and love is displayed during the Christmas holidays but after that it’s right back to business as usual. Why?
As a Christmas present to all of my readers, I would like to offer some words that will hopefully be seriously embraced or at least seriously thought about:
"What the world needs now is love sweet love for that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of."
- Burt Bacharach
"The agony of the poor diminishes the rich, and the salvation of the weak enriches the strong; we are inevitably our brother’s keeper because of the interrelated structure of reality."
- Dr. Martin Luther King
"We cannot silence the voices that we do not like hearing. We can, however, do everything in our power to make certain that other voices are heard.
- Deborah Prothrow-Stith
"There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls."
- Howard Thurman
"Dissension is healthy, even when it gets loud."
- Jennifer Lawson
"The only justification for ever looking down on somebody is to pick them up."
- Jessie Jackson
"We must nurture our children with confidence. They can’t make it if they are constantly told that they won’t."
- George Clements
"If now isn’t a good time for the truth I don’t see when we’ll get to it."
- Nikki Giovanni
"A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess."
- A. Philip Randolph
"When you don’t know when you have been spit on, it does not matter too much what else you think you know."
- Ruth Shays
"Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead and... if the future road looms ominous or unpromising... then we need to gather our resolve and... step off... into another direction."
- Maya Angelou
"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong that will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
- Frederick Douglass
Those are twelve thoughts that should be embraced, for we need to turn our city in a new direction. If not, then business will continue on as usual. Are you satisfied with what’s been the usual in Newburgh?
Hopefully 2013 will be the beginning of a new way and a new day in our community. If not, you’ll only have yourselves to blame. Wake up! When our city is heading in the direction whereby all of its citizens will experience and reap the benefits, then and only then can a sincere thanks be given to our city officials.
Merry Christmas to all! This is Lillie’s Point of View!