Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerica is a divided nation. We often seem desperate to find a way we can all unite in a common purpose, put aside our petty squabbles and work together to create the future we all want. If only those in Washington cared more about the country than about their party. Then we could find our way out of gridlock and back to the good old days when we were all on the same team. We all know that that’s not going to happen, so all we can do is hope for the best.If you try to think of a time when our country was truly unified, it was the time right after the attacks of 9-11. What brought us together was the moment of crisis and the external threat. That truly was a time that all Americans worked as a united team. We really showed all our support for our great country.Nowadays, the vast majority of the time in Washington, both parties sincerely believe in what is good for their party is what’s good for the country. When they disagree, it’s often because they have incompatible values. Because both parties have become more consistent about what they believe, it’s making it harder for our government to perform basic functions.The unfortunate answer is that all you can do is try to do the best for our country as possible, even if it won’t make for cross-party unity. Because we are living in a very challenging time, it looks like we all just have to deal with it.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighbor
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games came to a spectacular close in Athens on Tuesday night marking the end of the sporting event. 7,500 athletes from 185 countries, including 130 Australian athletes, celebrated the closing at the historic Panathenaic Stadium, the home of the modern Olympics, with a massive celebration of achievement as athletes let their hair down after ten days of competition and global friendship. In a time of political unrest for Greece, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO, Tim Shriver sent this message to the people of Greece: “You did an amazing job. The athletes had a great time. I can truly say that Greece has outdone itself. From this time on, millions of people worldwide have found out the meaning of Special Olympics. My mother would be very proud if she were here.” The Australian team will bring home 115 gold medals. Among them, Greek Australian athlete Daniel Tsatsaronis, as part of the bowling team, won gold.