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We remain divided, but still united

This past Tuesday, July 4, Independence Day was celebrated across the nation, including in the Northwest Corner.

People, including towns and cities, all celebrated the 241st anniversary of the founding of America with parades, concerts, fireworks and outdoor barbecues.

It was, in some ways, a timeout from thinking about the fragile times that we are currently living in, both politically and socially.

July 4 also marked the 165th day in office for President Donald J. Trump.

Since his inauguration there has been much debate and discussion surrounding his policies and the way President Trump has conducted himself in office.

Instead of taking the time and energy to work on policies to help the people he serves, Trump has taken his time and energy to attack the media on Twitter.

Last week through his Twitter account, Trump attacked MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, then proceeded to attack CNN in an animated graphic that showed Trump physically assaulting a person with a CNN logo on their head.

Meanwhile, Trump is supporting legislation that will kill the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the replacement would cause 22 million people to lose their health care.

Despite the fact that we have endured controversy after controversy from the Trump administration, seemingly every single day in and day out, America is still here, divided yet still united.

Connecticut is going through a divisive period of its own with lawmakers unable to agree to a fiscal budget for a state.

Despite days and weeks of meetings, negotiations, conversations, debates and arguments, legislators could not come together to agree on a direction for a budget.

This could very likely cause interruptions in state services, along with cutbacks in state funds to towns.

Despite this, Connecticut is still here, divided yet still united.

Even though it might look like gloom and doom both in the state and country, America and Connecticut have held up through the best and worst of times.

America has gone through several wars, including a Civil War, while Connecticut has gone through the same wars, and we are still here, often times divided, but still united.

No matter what the troubles in America or the state might be, we need to remind ourselves that we still live in a country where we can, and are allowed, to have differences of opinion with each other.

We also need to remember that we all still live together in the United States of America, which can be divided at times, sometimes quite bitterly.

No matter how divided we are, we are all still here, living with each other, breathing in the same air, living on the same continent, all on the same planet.

This Independence Day hopefully served as a reminder that, no matter how divided America or Connecticut is, we are all, in one way or another, still united.