I will not give up trying to make the world a better place

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I recently heard a radio tribute to Woodstock as John Sebastian sang,  “I had a dream last night … what a wonderful dream … all the heavies were light.”

Years ago when this song was recorded things were horrid. Vietnam’s rains were hitting tents with our guys inside as many “Charlies” were fighting them. Meanwhile, at Woodstock it’s you and me with rain on the roof with questions of do you believe in magic.

I’ll always see back 45 years ago to the violence then. Though with memories I hold dear, there is hope through art.

Now with ISIS, Al Qaeda and others, the atrocities are up while I see hope levels are down. Art seems to have changed in our culture. I see it slanted towards all types of narrow practices, away from deal making and open communicating. It went away from tolerating opinions and trying new programs that conscientious individuals propose.

I’ve personally seen all my attempts to improve things get little to no reply but I will not give up or go away. I was raised to contribute and my life was turned upside down by the Vietnam Era.

I have spent more than seven figures trying to do right by promoting creativity and my own veterans’ projects in the 70s to the art barn, and through what I now write along with much more to the North Country.

I’m sure there are many who dream that the Reilly Problem will disappear since so many Reilly proposals since the 26th of February 1993 have gone without any consideration or acknowledgment.

I have been dismissed at times but in civil society an individual who devotes much of his life and resources to trying to contribute should be given time from the press to politicians at all municipal and legislative levels.

With this recent Greenwich Point tragic loss of a beautiful little girl weighing so heavily on me, I will see those that will not work toward the betterment of it all sing John Sebastian’s “All the heavies were light.”


Jim C. Reilly


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