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Opinion

October 10, 2012

We the People?

As I scan through the current events online and in the newspapers, lately I find there is an abundance of articles to comment on.

The most recent of articles I noticed was a father/daughter dance in Cranston, R.I., that was forever canceled due to a challenge by the Civil Liberties Union, which represented a single mother who was incensed because her fatherless daughter was feeling uncomfortable, left out and unable to attend the dance.

I offer the utmost condolence for this girl with the loss of a parent. It is, by far, one of the most difficult of all adjustments for a young child to accept and continue on in a normal manner, but I do not feel that it warrants legal action from the civil libertarians.

We’re talking about a ritual that has been handed down from family to family, generation to generation. Call it a rite of passage, if you will, but it has forever been a family-oriented event that makes both dads puffy-chested and moms beaming with pride to connect with their child and the chance to show their offspring to others.

Statisticians constantly tell us that there is less and less interaction within the family these days. In this ever-increasing pace of life, families rarely sit down at the supper table and chat. They’re usually off to soccer and hockey practice or picking this one up and dropping that one off.

On a personal note, I do believe one of the best parts of living in this era in time is that the evolution of modern medicine has been able to keep me and many others running like a clock. But on the down-side, I see a country that was formed around the ideology of “We the People” constantly secede to the individualist.

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