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CVG is a leading North America workforce solutions provider to the Energy, Oil & Gas, Industrial and EPC industries. Kevin has had a lengthy and distinguished career that spans over 25 years...

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As we celebrate Americas Independence Day, I cannot help but to reflect on the following line from our constitution, “ that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These rights that are bestowed and set forth upon all people in America.  Our ancestors were “the tired, the poor, the huddles masses yearning to breathe free. Send these the homeless”. That excerpt from Emma Lazarus is still lighting the way as a beacon of hope from our Lady Liberty.

Our independence gives rise to our dependence on each other, regardless of race, religion, gender, and age. These differences are what makes our country great and is meant to challenge each other, to lean and to learn from each other. The diversity and inclusiveness of America is what makes us a great place to be free and to have freedom to express our individuality and to be heard.

After 25 years in the industrial construction sector, I can say that we as a country and industry have come a long way, but we still have a way to go.  Racism, age discrimination, gender equality, still exists in our industry and across our great land.

It is Our dependence on each other that makes us a truly free country. This 4th of July take time to reflect on all people and how we need each other to continue to build America and its foundation of equality for everyone.

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Matt Chester on Jun 27, 2021

It is Our dependence on each other that makes us a truly free country.

I love this, Kevin-- we're truly interconnected and we need to recognize our key communities (both large and small) that we belong to and rely upon

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Jim Stack on Jun 28, 2021

Kevin, Thanks for bringing this to light again. Not disciminating seems to be very hard to do and progress is different in each industry. As long as it's our goal and we respond to complaints we have a chance.

   When I saw the title of this article I though it would be about Energy Independance. We don't seem to make a long of progress in this area except Solar and Wind. We still import Oil and even still subsidies it along with Uranium for Nuclear and some areas like Massachusetts imports COAL. At least the US makes the best and cleanest vehicle with Tesla. They are also adding battery storage for lots more Solar . 

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