Thomas Jefferson is credited with the following quote even though it is probably not his.

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

I am hoping, somewhat desperately, that this new year will see people of good conscience speaking out when they observe injustices, or bigotry, or abuse of any kind, whether it be at the highest level of government or in our own community and neighborhoods.

Relating this to the Stacey Burns murder case is not difficult. There likely are people of good conscience who have remained silent. May this be the year that the silence of injustice is broken and Stacey’s family and friends can finally experience some small degree of closure.