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Be thankful for our freedoms

Thanksgiving has arrived again and we should take some time to look at our values and the many things we Americans should be thankful for. We cannot separate peace from freedom because no one can have peace without freedom so let’s be thankful first off this Thanksgiving for our freedoms.

Sometimes we Americans take freedom for granted while many other people in our world are not free to do as they wish. When we read our daily newspapers or listen to television news we see how many people in our world strive to be free. Many men and women have given their lives over the years to protect not only our freedom but the freedom of other nations as well. If we ever take our freedom for granted we could lose some of them.

We are presently involved in a war in the Middle East in an effort to give freedom to millions of humans in Iraq and Afghanistan and to hopefully keep terrorist from striking our nation again. Some feel we should pull our troops from these Countries but to do so now would be a big mistake. Many American lives have been lost in our efforts to bring freedom to these Middle East nations and we should do what is necessary to win victories in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The foundation of our nation was laid by our forefathers who had a strong belief in God and were thankful for His blessings. Seems that we have allowed some of these foundations established by our forefathers to crumble away by electing people on the national level who do not appear to have a strong faith in God.

Let me list some things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving season and may I encourage you to make your own list also.

• I am thankful that God has allowed me to live a long time without growing old.

• I am thankful for a wonderful wife of 54 years, for a son and three granddaughters.

• I am thankful to know that if I want the things in my life to change for the better I must also change for the better.

• I am thankful that you can never have too many friends and I appreciate all of them.

• I am thankful that you can inherit many things but you can never inherit wisdom.

• I am thankful to know that money isn’t everything but if you use what you have wisely many people can benefit from it.

• I am thankful to know it is never too late to heal an injured relationship.

• I am thankful to be able to keep looking ahead. There are still so many sunsets to see, friends to visit and things to be done.

• I continue to be thankful that God put me in the newspaper business and that newspapers run properly can be an asset to the communities they serve.

• Finally, I am thankful that I still have a lot to learn and know that.

John F. Kennedy once made his famous statement, “And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” My fellow citizens of the world: Ask not what American will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

We have so many things to be thankful for in this day in which we live. Always remember that liberty is the right to choose and that freedom is the result of the right choice. Let us forever be grateful to God this Thanksgiving for the many blessings we have and more so let us thank Him for our many freedoms and the wonderful privilege of living in the greatest nation in the world.

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