Letter to the Editor

An example for what is right

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Everyone should read and study carefully the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln (attached below). Then spend some time thinking about what Lincoln's words really mean.

A lot of people in the past have sacrificed their lives for our country's ideals, and the most important is that all men and women are created equal, and have equal rights according to the Constitution.

If anyone thinks they are better than someone else or even hates others because of their religion, their political views, their race, their country of origin, their gender, or any other reason, they are contributing to the ultimate demise of our country.

Some people may be guided by so many feelings of hate, that they will not comprehend or even read Lincoln's words. They may even hate me for writing this.

But for those people who value and cherish the ideals of our country, hopefully Lincoln's words will add motivation to do whatever you can to promote and set an example for what is right.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln: Nov. 19, 1863

Richard K. Bockman