To the Editor:
One measure of an elected official is how much they are willing to do for the people they represent. That is why Thad Kobylarz will make a great Mayor for the Borough. A while ago I asked Thad why we don’t celebrate Flag Day in Chatham. As a former Captain of the United States Air Force I felt it was important to take time on Flag Day to reflect on the important values that the flag represents.
Not only did he look into it but he worked with Borough staff to organize and execute the Borough’s first Flag Day commemoration. It was a deeply moving event with participation by the Morris County Sheriff Honor Guard, the Chatham Police Department, and a poetry reading by ECLC students, to name a few. Thad had spent time researching Flag Day and gave a very moving speech, "It turns out that Flag Day is deceptively wide in scope and has come to mean a great many things for a great many of people," he said. “The true genius of Flag Day, I think, is that its significance is befittingly expansive and reflective of that which each and every one of us holds dear about this great nation of ours."
As a 90-year-old resident who has known Thad for many years, the idea of him being our Mayor makes me feel optimistic about our town. He deeply cares about us, and our traditions. He can make things happen, and he can bring people from many different backgrounds together, just as he did on Flag Day, 2019.