I know it's time to start concentrating on my Maine audience, so this is what I plan to do and I can use all the help I can get.
First, I plan on doing a walk of about 400 miles, basically from Oxford to Bangor, across to Greeneville and down to Bethel and then home to Oxford. I would like to meet people and talk to them in whatever venue I can find, whether that be person to person or town halls or standing on a street corner.
This is not about me! This is about the people who are getting the short end of the stick. This is about my great grandson and his and all other young children's future who at this point have no input into what their world will be.
This is about people who are struggling to make ends meet, putting food on the table, getting a decent chance at an education, not dying because they can't afford to see a doctor.
This is about fairness, whether it be equality in pay, equality in taxation, human rights, fair elections, women's right to determine their own destiny, opioid addiction, fear of dying in a routine traffic stop. There is so much wrong I can't even begin to list it all. I just know we can and must do better.
I am a problem solver, have been all my life. I know when I see injustice, unfairness, greed and avarice.
I will never tell you that I have all the answers to all that infects our society, I'm not that foolish. But I do know that not seeing others problems or ignoring them when I do see them is a major part of the failing of our system. I was raised and lived my life having to do for myself, with very little resources until I was about 50. My wife of 39 years and I managed to raise a blended family of 4 to be productive human beings. I even remember using the blocks of cheese and canned meat when I first started out in my first marriage, because we had little. But I'm not ashamed, and no one should ever feel ashamed because they need help.
Secondly, I would like to meet with the employers of Maine and work a day in their shoes, to see firsthand the problems they face. One can never understand why things are the way they are without seeing them.
Again, I stood with the women at both last years and this years marches, in DC and Philadelphia, which gave me the inspiration to do this. I also went to DC for the Climate March last year. I care that we are destroying our home planet because of greed.
I do not know whether I will be successful in this journey, but I do know if I don't at least try I will feel that I did not give it my best shot. I appreciate all who will stand with me to try to change our politics for the better, because change may be slow, but it will never happen if we don't try
Thank you all,
Dennis M. O'Connor
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