I have lived in the Falls since 1968. My great-great grandfather was one of the village founders. I have served the community in multiple ways: Firefighter, various boards and commissions and for many years was president of the Falls Cable Access Corp. Currently I own, and am active in, a restaurant equipment manufacturing company.
I can't remember the last time I felt that I was able to choose for myself how to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Perhaps it was when I graduated from primary school in the 6th grade. It was about that time that I first read 1984. Ever since then I have noticed our Big-Brother Government adding ever-increasing restrictions on to my diminishing abilities and freedoms.
The largest all-at-once loss was shortly after the 9/11 attacks when Congress passed the Anti-Terrorism legislation. We, as citizens, gleefully gave up many rights to the government with the assurance that these "few" restrictions would make everything right again. Baloney! Those laws must have been written well earlier because they are very complex and could not have been knocked out in such a short time following the attack.