[Editor's Note: The following letter is directed to the graduates of the Class of 2010.]

To the Editor:

One of the people whose life I most admire is Harriet Tubman.

Here is a woman, born into slavery, who was completely powerless but knew what was right, and she struggled for the freedom against impossible odds.

She finally made it into freedom, thanks to the Underground Railroad.

Within a year, she returned to the South to free others who were still suffering under the brutal and insidious system of slavery.

Yet again she did it and did not stop there, but returned again and again -- 19 times in total, helping to free some 500 people.

I want to leave you with the paraphrased words of the great abolitionist:

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the great strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Fran Smith

New Milford