Our love and respect for the United States of America and all of its people

To the Editor:

First and foremost I must state that I am extremely proud to be an American and cherish all of the ideas and ideals of this great country.
I respect all of our people within the City of Bayonne, County of Hudson, State of New Jersey and our great country as a whole. My background is that of descent from the country of Spain and of Puerto Rico and I have resided in our country since the age of five. Our family is built on hard work and the desire to move forward as are many people from the many backgrounds. I am so grateful that I was able to attend college and earn my degree and I started off as an elementary school teacher. I moved into law enforcement and retired as a Captain in the New Jersey State Police and subsequently was elected by the people of Hudson County to serve as the Sheriff. Currently I have been elected by the fine people of the City of Bayonne to serve as Councilmember At Large. I relate this background to you as an example of what a kid coming from another country can accomplish and I state that many people before me have accomplished their worth and many after me will continue in these goals and aspirations.
It is moving, it is right and just to be able to assist all in this great melting pot to move forward and encourage that, in doing so display a genuine respect for the laws of the land that have helped make this country so fine. It is so desirable in this area to witness people attempting to accomplish their dreams in a law-abiding manner with dignity and distinction.
And so, if we move in this direction we must remember this adage, “it is not just about being right, it is about doing right” in our lives and in the lives of our children and many generations to come.
God Bless America, God Bless the State of New Jersey, the County of Hudson and the fine City of Bayonne and all of its’ people.

JUAN M. PEREZ
Councilmember At Large, City of Bayonne