Osceola County (FL) Commission
4 May 2015

Michael Mello (329 words - 1:55)

The definition of invocation is the act of asking for help or support especially from a higher power.  While this may satisfy some here today, I tend to believe that instead of invoking we should be reflecting - reflecting on the purpose of government, the value that each of us brings to these proceedings and how we can work together with all the differences we have. Bearing in mind these things, especially before these meetings begin, can unify everyone in attendance.

So I will begin with a quote by Thomas Jefferson. "Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question."

I believe that history has shown this to be true - that we can govern ourselves and be trusted to govern others far better than any king. You, ladies and gentlemen, and we the people, demonstrate this in every way as you lead the people of this county and as we participate along with you.

Today will surely be no different. As you discuss and debate issues today, and consider the right decisions for people we govern, are we treating all with fairness and equality regardless of our personal beliefs? Many documents guide us in our mission and the preamble to the civil rights program for the county can be a good reminder. It reads in part... 

"The Osceola County Board of County Commissions is committed to protecting the rights of all people in Osceola County, to ensure their ability to live, work and enjoy equal access to facilities open to the public in an environment free of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and retaliation regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or family status."

Let these words, along with your good conscience, guide you as you work on behalf of the citizens today.