“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller        

Midterms 2018, we will be voting on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Life is demanding. It demands our time and attention especially as we go to vote. Let’s organize our lives around a few peaceful thoughts.  Peace lives in the heart and mind of all people.

Let us strive to build peace by caring so deeply about life’s goodness that we want to spread it all around. Let us take time to think about the America of tomorrow. We need a greater understanding of ourselves, our nation and the world.

We look to government leaders for guidance and justice in these times of many changes, accelerating globalization, mountainous information of science and technology and the clash of civilizations. As for us, the pace of society quickens and grows, so does our need for knowledge, which can help guide us.

Peace is human and we want it. As citizens we have a large responsibility to make peace. Building a peaceful world will be the biggest thing man has ever done. What does peace look like and feel? We have learned that in times of accelerating change we envision a world of peace, respect, trust,   integrity and cooperation. We welcome a national level of understanding of peace, not war.

The basis of world peace is the teaching that runs through most of the great religions of the world. “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

At the dawn of the 21st century violence seemed to be an overreaching theme in the world:  group, national and international conflict.

Peace begins with us. What can we do today to make a more peaceful place or world?

Malcom X (1925-1965) wrote, “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

Every man, woman and child wants equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal dignity without discrimination.  Also infused with hope and energy to reach old age with peace and wisdom.

Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win the peace.

Let us have an optimistic view in addressing the future. America can find a way cultivating a more civil and safe world and not its ugliness.

There are many wonderful and caring organizations in our community.  We must not take for granted all the self-starters, creative, imaginative and hardworking folks who make these successful.

Age Friendly Saco is a grassroots organization and needs volunteers to be successful. Consider helping this volunteer effort in making Saco truly “A Community for a Lifetime.”  If you are interested on Saturday, Nov. 3, the Second Annual Volunteer & Wellness Fair will be presented. For details, send an email to [email protected]

An interesting note: York Institute was renamed as the Saco Museum. In keeping with the idea that the museum and library are a single cultural institution serving the Saco community, the Dyer Library Association is now referred to as Dyer Library/ Saco Museum. We thank the folks who do a special job for us.

Saco Maine Street hosts wonderful events and provides support to downtown businesses. The mission of Saco Maine Street is to make Saco a great place to live and work by enhancing the vitality of our downtown.

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