Editor, Townsman:

A friend of mine recently sent me a picture of a road sign in Hagerstown, Indiana. The author is unknown. With all the political turmoil around I feel that the words form the basis for all of us on either the “Red” or the “Blue” side of the discussion to get grounded and act accordingly. The sign reads:

"The American's Creed:

“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me — not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and succeed.

"I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and face the world boldly and say — 'This, with God’s help. I have done.'”

"All this is what it means to be an American."

As the political race starts to heat up wouldn’t it be wonderful if all candidates could embrace this creed.

I urge all those who read this to do so slowly and after they are done to read it again.

Joe Ponti

10 Marion Ave.

Andover

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