Last week, as I read each line of the Declaration of Independence published in The Photo News, it was difficult not to draw similarities between what our forefathers wrote in that monumental document and what is occurring right now in the Town of Monroe.

Our Declaration of Independence states “whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and institute new government….”

The supporters and members of United Monroe have taken this very important part of the Declaration and are enacting their right to abolish the governing body that is represented by current Supervisor Harley Doles. It’s our duty as citizens to protect our constitution, regardless of which branch of government is causing the destruction.

We are making this a reality, by electing bright and upstanding citizens who are interested in protecting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all residents of Monroe.

To further compare our rich American history and the Town of Monroe, without the allied forces from France during the Revolutionary War, the United States and our Declaration of Independence may never have come to fruition. In Monroe we have an equally strong ally amongst us – the Alliance faction of Kiryas Joel. They have supported United Monroe for no reason other than equal and fair representation – something that Supervisor Doles and his small group of supporters will try to convince you otherwise.

What’s more American than equal representation for all citizens?

In this 241st year of our nation’s independence, we in Monroe have the opportunity to gain independence from the strangle hold on our town, by supporting United Monroe candidates Tony Cardone for Town Supervisor and Mary Bingham for Town Council.

Finally, our greatest hope for Independence from the tyranny of Harley Doles will happen when we have the chance to vote on a town-wide referendum for the separation of Kiryas Joel from the Town of Monroe.

Let’s make 2017 the year that we finally gain our independence.

Thank you,

Veronica Connolly

Monroe