Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sandra Day O'connor puts country ahead of self

Sandra Day O'connor was the first female Justice of the Supreme Court, nominated by President Reagan in 1981 and serving with distinction until her retirement in 2006.  Just this week she sent an open letter to …"fellow Americans" stating that she has been diagnosed with the beginning stages of dementia and "while still able" wanted to share some thoughts.

Part of her letter read:  "Not long after I retired from the Supreme Court … I made a commitment to  myself, my family and my country that I would use whatever years I had left to advance civic learning and engagement.  I feel so strongly about the topic because I've seen first-hand how vital it is for all citizens to understand our Constitution and unique system of government."  

She went on to highlight what has served us best over time:  "Working collaboratively in communities and in government to solve problems, putting country and the common good above party and self-interest, and holding our key governmental institutions accountable."

After her retirement she founded icivics, a website dedicated to providing creative and effective teaching tools on the subject of civic engagement and geared to educating America's youth.  Let's all honor Sandra Day O'Connor in the way that she would cherish most … by advocating her ideas and truly adhering to them in our own lives.  


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Seems like she is doing her best.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

She did her part for sure! Smart woman!

11:14 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Very impressive woman. We could use a few more like her and certainly not that scary out of control fruitcake we just put on the court. It is hard to believe we have gone so far back in the world of hate- America's Dark Ages. Just the opposite of Sandra Day O'Conner.

1:48 PM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

Two great people highlighted on two posts in a row...:) I was fortunate enough to meet Robert Frost when he spoke to our two thousand member freshmen English class in Northup Hall at the University of Minnesota. The year was 1960.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

I was saddened that her brilliant mind was closing slowly down. Seems so unfair. I will check that link. Thanks.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Nice to read this post, Ginnie, and reading the news accounts of how Ms. Day revealed her diagnosis was indeed heartbreaking. We need more women of her caliber, intelligence, and compassion in high offices because all of that is lacking now.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Joared said...

We could only benefit ourselves by honoring her by promoting her ideals. Sad that her life will end in this way rather than staying sharp and alert until the end.

1:10 PM  

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