Letter: Charities, watchdogs help America

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From city to city, community service manifests itself in a variety of ways.

Congregations of citizens find the means to serve their community through the church while others support youth and education by volunteering in the schools.

You will find Habitat for Humanity building homes, food banks and homeless shelters, Boys & Girls Clubs, community gardens, and assistance to senior citizens.

You will also find citizens who attend city council and county commissioner meetings who are sometimes ridiculed or referred to as “trouble-makers.”

The truth is, these are the watchdogs that hold government accountable to the people and assure that individual rights are not infringed upon.

It is this combination that French historian and philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville noted in 1831 and this combination that continues to make America one of the greatest nations on Earth.

Lynn Costello

Vancouver