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It’s time to turn things around | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

A column about a Hollywood movie star is not generally a subject you would expect to see in one of my columns nor the subject of a conversation I might have with you if we met. Other than enjoying a good movie, my opinion of most stars and their personal lives doesn’t rank very high on my priority scale.

As such you can imagine my surprise when a recent interview of Richard Dreyfuss caught my attention. Yes, the Richard Dreyfuss, the Oscar winning actor who starred in American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, Stakeout, What about Bob and Mr. Holland’s Opus among many other feature films.

In the interview Dreyfuss was expressing his concern about the direction of our nation and his desire to use his celebrity status to help create a renewed sense of ownership in the country. “We must teach our kids how to run our country before they are called upon to run the country…. If we don’t someone else will run the country,” according to Dreyfuss.

In 2009 he started a non-profit called The Dreyfuss Initiative whose mission is to teach our kids how to run the country with common sense and realism. Dreyfuss believes the lack of a basic knowledge of civics and civility is the root of what is ailing the country.

He believes the United States didn’t just happen. For centuries people were under the controlling interest of oppressive regimes that dictated everything from birth to death. According to Dreyfuss, the America Revolution was the most important political message in the history of human civilization and the miracle of America, if not properly maintained, will continue on its path to decay. He believes we must start telling the story of this country’s birth with candor and honesty. Who we are and why we are who we are, will go far to regain our devotion to the true gifts we have given to mankind; A nation by the people, for the people and of the people.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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