Letters to the Editor
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I can’t speak for every Tea Party group, but let’s set the record straight about ours. The Rockville Centre Tea Party Patriots were organized four years ago as a patriotic, non-partisan civic organization. We are a dedicated group of people who have lined the streets holding flags honoring fallen heroes as their funeral processions drove by. We planted a tree and installed a bronze plaque in our Village Green honoring the victims of 9-11. We have protested the installation of a garbage incinerator in the town of Freeport which would have had a negative ripple effect on the quality of life for residents here in our own village. We protested the erection of a 15-story mosque across the street from the World Trade Center site, and most recently promoted a half dozen job fairs for our struggling neighbors looking for work.
All of those were civic in nature and done out of respect for our community. Yes, our members are mad as hell about high property taxes, we reject politicians who ignore us and we don’t want government-run health care. We are simply an organized group of local residents who want to improve the quality of life for all of us.
Nevertheless, 50 of your friends and neighbors set aside their time to honor Irish tradition and march respectfully in a parade that we hold dear. The organizers of the parade selflessly raise money for wonderful charities that we also financially support. I can understand Mr. Gordon’s concern for the integrity of the parade, and respect his good intentions in writing his letter. But I would ask Mr. Gordon, what have you done for your community lately?
It’s a shame that Tea Party groups all over America have been labeled as a bunch of right-wing radicals by ignorant people and a mainstream media that distorts and twists its reporting to suit its agendas. I invite anyone to join us at one of our monthly meetings to learn what we are about. Perhaps then you will understand what we stand for.
Rockville Centre Tea Party Patriots co-organizer