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A Point of View: What keeps America going

WEST VALLEY ó We are now in the first month of a new year. We can learn from the past, and hopefully, grow wiser in the future. And that is how we keep going and change happens: One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.

So, what keeps our great America going? They are the folks, all across our fruited plains, including our own Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. They are the creative, hardworking men and women of integrity; they are dedicated senior citizens of passion; they are the young folks with cherished hopes. That is what keeps America going.

They are the great engine of humanity, powered by ingenuity and enterprise, generated by determination and collegiality. That is what fosters the grandeur of the great American spirit in our communities, cities, villages and rural areas.

Recently, in Gowanda, we saw just such a spirit in the noble dedication of village officials, first responders and thoughtful volunteers.

During this last week in December, when a surge of ravaging flood waters were cresting in Gowanda and other flood-prone areas, dedicated public service personnel were in full preparatory alert. A call system was in place. And then again, when a citizen in the Gowanda area came up missing, we saw local, county and state first responders and area volunteers dedicating countless numbers of hours, in the most of inclement weather, to do what they could, in this hour of human peril.

Indeed, the community is genuinely thankful and highly appreciative for these folks who give untiring of their efforts, unfaltering dedication and unwavering commitment to a generosity of selfless public service.

So, what is it that keeps a society like ours going? It is the realization of the American spirit, the hope of the American promise, the indomitable fortitude of the people themselves. It is the American people of all ages and backgrounds that moves us ever forward.

Even when the times are uncertain and the pathways are unclear, there is a surge of energy, a spirit of resilience and a drive for the public good among the people. This same energy binds us together, in spite of our differences. There is a spirit of determination, that makes us fix our sights not on what is seen, but what is in the realm of possibility. There resides within the consciousness of Americans, a hope of that which can be realized. This hope is based upon the promise of that which resides in our greatest strength: A spirit of a valiant virtue, within a determined people, regardless of age, background or national origin. Therein, is our great American spirit of dedication.

America is exceptional. True, we are the most diverse nation on the Earth and there are strong bonds that hold the people together in a community as a united people. There is a strong belief that our destiny is shared with one another; that this country works well, when we hold true to our obligations we have for and to one another. These obligations extend to future generations.

The freedoms which so many noble Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights, and among these rights are faith, love and charity to one another and to our posterity. Thatís what makes America great.

All men and women in their own chosen fields are distinctly important, in their own right. Be they present, past or future employers, employees or the self employed.

Be they first responders and health care providers, government officials, civic personnel and community volunteers, from all walks of life.

Each calling plays a significant role, as part of the epic mosaic of the American free-enterprise system.

Each stands stoically as a significant pillar of the American enterprising spirit.

What keeps America going? It is the indomitable spirit of the people themselves and their dedication to one another.

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