John Payson: Citizens Against Rail Expansion Florida has our trust and support

Posted on July 19, 2016

By John Payson

Winston Churchill once said, "Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about," and I believe that for more than two years, Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida has shown its unwavering commitment to the concerned citizens of the Treasure Coast who oppose the All Aboard Florida rail project by doing just that.

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida, known as CARE FL, is not an organization seeking to profit from or abuse the trust of the people it is working so hard to protect.

I can tell you that with certainty because, like many of my friends, neighbors and local leaders, I too support this organization and believe that we are fortunate to have a great group of like-minded volunteers fighting to protect the safety of our residents while preserving our quality of life.

CARE FL's leaders are responsible and trustworthy. In fact, many of CARE FL's steering committee members not only volunteer their time but also commit their own dollars to this cause. They have used their contributions to research the issues, to educate and update residents of the Treasure Coast and North Palm Beach regions as well as a growing group of concerned citizens from across the state. They are with us in the trenches, and I respect them for taking on this fight.

When something like this threatens the community so severely, we must fight it with every available resource. As individuals, however, we often feel as if there is nothing we can do to fight such large and well-funded entities like All Aboard Florida. But when we join forces through organizations like CARE FL, it is then that we see results and know we are indeed making a difference.

I am sure I am speaking for hundreds of my friends and neighbors when I say thank you CARE FL for helping our voices get heard and allowing us to make a difference.

And to quote Winston Churchill again, "Never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

John Payson, a longtime, second-generation resident of Jupiter Island, is a supporter of CARE FL and a contributor to their newsletter.

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