Unrest overseas. Unrest in this country. At this writing session, it is difficult to turn to the local issues facing Milton. For the Milton families of servicemen and women stationed overseas, especially in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, all good thoughts for your relatives’ safety go out to you. And, from this community, all good thoughts for the morale and physical safety of servicemen and women stationed overseas, regardless of their ties, or not, to Milton, are extended.

The congressional delegation serving Milton, notably U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, the chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, held a hearing on Oct. 23 about “President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. military forces from Syria. The hearing will examine President Trump’s decision to remove U.S. forces from Syria and the resulting consequences for U.S. national security. The hearing will also address the humanitarian crisis resulting from Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria,” a statement from his office said.

By the date of this newspaper’s publication, the hearing will be over. Yet the topic and what will come next for this country remain important.

This is not to deny the importance and need for funding of three new fire stations needed in Milton, especially in East Milton Square. This is not to deny the need for reasonable commercial and housing development in Milton, pending reviews to come by elected town boards responsible for this charge and the zoning reviews that also must come. And, financing a fifth elementary school remains a topic for discussion.

In a few short months, it will be 2020. It’s a year — and the start of a new decade — that’s been bandied about in other communities as a benchmark for achievement.

What does Milton want to achieve by Dec. 31, 2020? Resolutions to the local issues mentioned above must be planned and underway or written out with dates to achieve these goals.

For the overarching goal of getting the nation back on track, the trust is with Milton voters to make the best, and right, presidential decision on Nov. 3, 2020. Look beyond the stock market and one’s own financial comfort. Look beyond one’s subtle, or overt, bias. Look beyond the gender of an individual and his or her lifestyle. More candidates could enter the presidential race, particularly for the GOP. A former governor of Ohio and a former governor of Massachusetts and now a Utah senator could enter the race. One never knows. This is not a time for joking about the next election or tossing one’s vote to the wind. Nor, is it a time for whining. One group, Milton Indivisible, under the umbrella of Milton Change Makers, is taking action on what they would like to see by Dec. 31, 2020. In the end, the choice is up to the individual voter.

Choose wisely. Our troops, our country, our community deserve nothing less.

– Lisa D. Connell


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