The Friday Question: What makes you grateful to live in America?

Norwalk fireworks on July 3, 2012

Last week’s question invited readers to share their first Norwalk memories.  Responses included Washington Street, Larry Cafero, streets that seemed to run in circles, the first day of school, and a bridge.


NancyOnNorwalk commenter “Rayj” wrote: “Holding my brothers hand on my left, sisters hand on my right, walking over the temporary bridge over the Norwalk river on cross street, looking down through the slats at the water rushing below, and being scared as heck!”


This week thousands of Norwalkers celebrated Independence Day.


Today’s question: What makes you grateful to live in America?


Bob Welsh July 6, 2018 at 7:50 am

I am grateful for:

…the Constitution, and the wisdom of the people who saw the need to spread power among many representatives of varying term lengths.

…a democracy where leaders “compete for the affections” of voters.

…checks and balances, and for a system where major changes require sustained voter interest and attention, and all must respect the Constitution.

…free-market capitalism, which has created the greatest accumulation of wealth the world has ever known.

…our collective ability to provide resources and enhance opportunities for people in difficult circumstances, when enough of us wish to do so.

…my mother and her family immigrating from Italy in the 1950s.

…this visionary statement: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

…the realization that the above statement applies to everyone.

…our unwavering hope for a more perfect union.

Wineshine July 6, 2018 at 10:02 am

Americans. I am grateful for, and to be an American. We are the wretched refuse, but we clean up nicely. We are an aggregate of gluttonous consumers, frugal savers, generous givers, stingy scrooges, highly intelligent achievers, slithery slackers, in a melting pot of diverse cultures, all of which are welcome. Somehow it all comes together. We’ve survived a civil war, two World Wars, various conflicts, the onslaught of religious zealots, and natural disasters. I cringe when I hear the words, “That’s not who we are”. We are not a nation of faith, we are a nation of many faiths. But we are a nation of laws, and of a people who largely demand that those laws be followed. We are a generous, senstive, caring sort in a world of callous takers. I’m proud to be an American.

Claire Schoen July 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm

I’m grateful for the ‘sea to shining sea’ aspect of our country – such a gorgeous, diverse landscape. And, same for the people who live here. It’s so easy to take all of it for granted, definitely worth a pause every so often to truly appreciate what we have. And then figure out best ways to give something back….

Rayj July 7, 2018 at 6:41 pm

We have wealth, and safety, and are not torn apart in useless wars unlike many countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. And we have spread the wealth and goodwill liberally to every corner of the globe.

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