Abe Lincoln in one of his famous speeches cited the phrase, "A house divided against itself cannot stand", and today that statement is even more prophetic.
America is divided over war and peace, climate control, and the right of every citizen to express his or her civil rights as God has given everyone that right.
We are now in the midst of the oldest form of local democratic expression of self government, the New England town meeting.
As the good people of our towns meet to express their individual concerns as to how the direction of government should take, let us unite in the spirit of unity and mutual respect for the opinions of others, be they differ from our own.
Bring people together in unity, and the desire to make a positive difference in the progress and well being of those citizens who dwell with their prospective home towns.
As we meet in the towns of New Hampshire, we are solemnly reminded, and saddened with the realization that many of our towns have given their sons and daughters, as they have made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of freedom around the world.
Therefore, let us on the home front give honor to our fallen heroes by building the kind of local government and communities that they would be proud of.
Let our towns be truly American, and let our towns be an example for other towns across the nation.
Back in the time of World War II, there was a song called "The House I Live In", and it went something like this: "The house I live in, the people that I see, a place of all religions, that's America to me."
May God continue to bless our small American towns.
George V. Hill, Sr.