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To the editor:

Each time I start to write my article I first must decide what the topic will be. I knew it had to be one that would catch the attention of my readers’ eyes. It also had to be one that would appeal to their interest.

I searched my heart in every way to make sure that my article would touch someone’s heart and possibly help them to become a better person. 

When I started writing I had no idea that they would also change my life. Also, I wasn’t sure if I could do this. Then a friend of mine told me if I believed in myself that I could do anything I wanted to do. In that moment I knew it would be one of many things that God had called me to do, after all, any and everything is possible if God is in your life.

I picked up my pen and started writing. The words were flowing so fast in my mind that I had to write really fast. This article is all about standing up and being heard. As you can tell I let you hear me tell you that through my writing. I am standing up and being heard. Keeping silent doesn’t get things done. Things get done when you stand up and let your voices be heard.

We live in trying times and it causes some of us to be too afraid to let our voices be heard. Why? Because we don’t know what the consequences will be. Think about things in this way. As long as you speak truthful words and act accordingly then your voice can make a difference. So don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.

America could truly use some good voices to speak out in her defense. Our country was built on love and a firm foundation. Our forefathers fought and some even died so all people could have the same rights, the same freedom and the same opportunities. It didn’t matter what their race, creed, color or gender was. Back then all people were important and stood up for each other. When someone was in need the others stepped up to the plate and gave them a helping hand. If we stand up and let our voices be heard then once again America can become a proud nation.

There are people out there that are trying to destroy America. Take for instance some resort to rioting and destruction of property. They think that their voices are being heard. But what they don’t realize is, that this is no way to let your voice be heard. It only shows hate.

Then there are the people that were elected to serve us. Oh yeah! They were using their voices to promise us things they knew they couldn’t deliver. Once in office they voice their opinions occasionally. Then, it is the same old punch line. Next time there is an election up for grabs – please people let your voices be heard. After all you have that God given freedom. It’s only fair that we as Americans let our voices be heard.

Today’s world is what it has become because of people just sitting back and letting it happen. So we have no one to blame but ourselves. In order for a change to happen speak up and use your voices to help America get back on the right track.

I have a plaque on my wall that reads: “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” In my life these words apply to everything I do. I’m not afraid of voicing my opinions because I want to see America becoming God’s country again. It’s the only way for things to get back the way they once were.

To all my readers whether you are family, neighbors or friends I would like for all of you to think about this before you close your eyes at night.

When you pray thank God for giving you all the blessings He has given you. Too, ask Him to give you the courage to let your voices be heard. Don’t be afraid. After all fear is fear only if you fear it. If we all came together and stood up and let our voices be heard, then America once again could be known as God’s country. It’s not hopeless because all things are possible through God.

God bless all of you and God Bless America.

Pat Holt

South Boston