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Patty Pritchett – The loss of innocence

In the 1960’s and 70’s, it seemed to me that America was quite a hopeful place, with a “can do” attitude. If there was a challenge, we took it up. If there were wrongs, many of us tried to right them. Many of us took up the good fight, some more than others in large or small ways. Civil rights, the Viet Nam war protest, the women’s movement, gay rights, focusing on environment damage were all addressed on a deeply moral and spiritual stage. Thousands of college students drove much of the change with peaceful demonstrations that could not be ignored. We successfully put men in space and on the moon. JFK said in 1962, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, …because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” That was the attitude of many, a hope-filled striving to lofty goals in many areas of life. People, especially the younger generations, moved out of fixed, rigid ways of thinking and acting and forged new roads for others to follow. They saw what was wrong with our society and could not stand silent with the status quo. Over the decades since, many Americans have lost…Read the rest of this story and more stories like this in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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