, Newburyport, MA


June 16, 2014

Columnist expressed my own concerns, fears

To the editor:

In response to Richard Astukewicz, May 27, “As I See It” column, thank you! I have been waiting (ashamedly, not speaking up) for a voice of concern and fear for our country, in tandem with my own.

Our ancestors sought and paid the price for freedom and the right to participate in that freedom. We were to have leaders and representatives that, in balance, would serve the citizens of this community, the United States of America. We were to be a nation of just laws and civility toward our fellow citizens. We were to support and protect each other. We were to cherish our ideals and be the model for other nations and people.

What has happened? Who has threatened our purpose and our existence? I can only say this is not the work of people who respect and love our country. To read, but more to listen, is the road to enlightenment and enlightened we must become if we are to survive. Then we must speak up, as Americans, and say, “We love our country – leave it as it is!

Donna M. Finigan


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