Under slightly different headlines, Manuela Michailescu’s Letter to the Editor was published in the local newspapers:
The beginning of each political year brings us inaugurations, speeches, organizational meetings and appeals to potential volunteers. The spotlight is – or it should be – on serving the people.
I remember Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, saying that being an elected official “should work more like jury duty, where people do their civic duty, serve a term and then go back to real life.” This would solve the term limits issue and bring new blood in many political areas. People who served could then apply their acquired political experience in real life, while real life would inform the politicians’ actions. A continuous exchange between the realm of politics and real life would not hurt, and the widespread disconnect between the two would hopefully fade out.
Serving others – not only themselves, family and friends – more people would discover the true satisfaction of helping those not able to do anything in return beyond a smile and a “thank you.”
During almost six years of being either a candidate or an elected official, I was very often asked, “What are you going to do for me?” To answer was easy: “I am going to honestly serve you, not my personal interests. I am going to listen and pay attention to what you really need.”
I am more effective in making people aware of Rochester’s Recreation / Youth Department events as member of the Youth Commission than when I served as Town Board liaison to the same commission. The opportunities to serve are limitless and not at all related to a certain position. It’s not the title that matters, it’s the person and the intention that make the difference.
The Youth Commission needs volunteers. Reading the quarterly newsletters, you’re going to find out about opportunities to help, from being a volunteer member to sponsoring a program or an event, participating with ideas, donations, and more. Please call 845-626-2115 for more information.
I can’t wait for our town’s summer program to start, to join the kids on their field trips and create a photographic chronicle of their activities. Serving – even in small ways – brings rich meaning to our lives, to those we help and are positively affected. It’s challenging, inspiring and rewarding.
To quote Albert Schweitzer: “The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
Now, I suppose there are many possible reactions to the above letter, but only Steven Fornal could post this comment on Freeman:
Imposing fascist conservative bigotry serves no one but yourself. Where do you claim your residence now? Vermont to scam on car insurance? You’re a phony selfserving scammer.
Obviously, the demented one is stuck on something.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco