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postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: Memorial Day 2011: A Call to Act

Abington's Mt. Vernon Cemetary

Mt. Vernon Cemetary, Abington MA

Below is the speech delivered by Representative Diehl in Abington and Whitman and by his wife, KathyJo, in East Bridgewater for Memorial Day:

“The observance of Memorial Day serves as a reminder of a rich history of American might and sacrifice and of the men and women of our great state and country who have served in all branches of our military. It is a day of reflection, honor and reverence and must be fittingly celebrated if we are to remain “One Nation Under God.” And, it is also a call; a call to act.

For this day is too great to be dependent on memory alone. In 1884, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., himself a veteran of the Civil War, from where Memorial Day was first celebrated, had some forward-thinking insight into this day which I would like to share with you.   He said, “Today is the moment that by common consent, we pause to be conscious of our national life, to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.”

Rep. Diehl at Whitman ceremony

Rep. Diehl at Whitman ceremony

Holmes understood to fight a war you must believe something and want something with all your might.

To fight for the Union, to abolish slavery, to liberate Cuba, to make the world safe for democracy, to fight fascism, to keep a nuclear world safe, to fight terrorism.

We must be willing to commit ourselves to a course, he said, perhaps a long and hard one without being able to know exactly where it will come out.  Further, we must remember those who gave their lives so that we may live in peace and freedom.

In their memory, we must remember this day not only as an observance, but a celebration of a life worth living.

Let us not only hallow the sacred memory of those from this town who died for our country, let us also be inspired this day to act diligently on the challenges that face us today so that we can be worthy of their actions.

KathyJo Diehl at East Bridgewater ceremony

KathyJo Diehl at East Bridgewater ceremony

This is the time for a new hope. This is the hour to stand up and be counted. This is a sacred moment to dedicate ourselves and to act with enthusiasm and faith on the issues that confront each and every one of us as Americans, both at home and abroad.

Let us here today dedicate our lives as Lincoln so eloquently stated, so that the dead shall not have died in vain, and that “government of the people, by the people, for the people” shall not perish from the earth.”

postheadericon Beacon Hill Blotter: Recovery

An existing MA Recovery School

The word carries many meanings and, in current times, many implications. Japan is in the process of recovering from a devastating combination of an earthquake and the resulting tsunami, which has been further complicated by the partial melt-down of a coastal nuclear reactor. The US economy is fighting to get on the road to recovery following an economic melt-down, resulting from a combination of a housing bubble burst and a banking crisis with world-wide implications.

To residents on the Massachusetts South Shore, “recovery” also describes a proposed school to help kids dealing with substance abuse which is being proposed by a tremendous group of true grassroots activists, composed of parents, teachers, administrators, substance abuse counselors and civic leaders.

I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting keynoted by Senators Steven Tolman and John Keenan, Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, respectively. Presenting testimony to those gathered were Mr. Bill Carpenter , who has a son dealing with dependency, and the mother, Janis McGrory,  and sister, Amy, of Elizabeth “Liz” LeFort, who passed away only three months ago from an accidental overdose. The words spoken were, at once, heart wrenching, maddening and inspiring. To know that just one use of OxyContin will cause an immediate and lifetime craving for the drug is truly frightening. Listening to the pain of having to put on a brave public face when you’ve just had to call to have your child incarcerated to keep them from being on the street, using, is horrifying. And knowing that the chance of relapse is almost 100% when kids try to reintegrate back into their public schools leaves one wondering what we can do to rescue those hundreds of kids who want to be clean and get a good education. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon Election 2010: Plymouth and Norfolk County results

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postheadericon Plymouth County: Wright and Incumbent Commissioner McMullen take part in forum

[singlepic id=131 w=210 h=120 mode=watermark float=right]Incumbent Plymouth County Commissioner Tim McMullen and challenger Sandra Wright squared off in a WATD Political Forum held Wednesday night at WATD’s Marshfield studios. The forum moderated by WATD Managing Editor Christine James was aired live on 95.9 WATD FM, and online at [display_podcast] Read the rest of this entry »

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