Last the Woodbridge Township Republican Organization (WTRO) held its annual Christmas party. The party was well attended, offered great food and wonderful deserts. But most importantly, it offered members of the community a change to discuss the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy and the horrors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
To be sure, there were many opinions about stricter building codes and zoning regulations as the Jersey rebuilds. But nothing was more prominent on everyone's minds than the loss of the innocents at the school in Connecticut to a deranged shooter. Gun control, school safety and how local, state and federal authorities and legislatures will respond on these issue were the hot topics.
There were no clear cut answers; there never are in a situation like this. There was, however, hope and a strong belief that this nation, one nation under God, will endure the loss of those helpless souls and will bring about needed changes in our society. Let us all hope our leaders have the wisdom and political fortitude to do what must be done. In that connection, all in attendance were clear in their resolve to work to that goal. Not along party lines, but as Americans with a deep love of this country and its future.
Christmas is a time of giving. Hurricane Sandy and the Sandy Hook school tragedy has shown, and will continue to show, how indomitable, caring and giving is the spirit of this great nation and its people.
Hope and prayers to all for Christmas and the New Year!