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Take that moment to reflect

It’s hard not trotting out hoary cliches when it comes to the Fourth of July. After all, what is there to say that hasn’t already been said — and more eloquently — by others down through the decades and centuries? And be honest, who really wants to be admonished about fireworks, drinking and driving or water safety — necessary as it is?
Yet for all the festivities — the barbecues, pool parties, trips to the beach or mountains, endless rounds of golf, tennis and games of baseball and softball, et al — please remember to take just a minute or two and think upon what Independence Day means and is all about.
Then rather than wait for New Year’s Eve, make the resolution to be a more active citizen. It may mean something as simple as choosing to exercise your right to vote, or maybe just writing a letter to the editor. It may mean doing something more substantial, such as taking the time to learn as much as you can about an issue that matters to you, and preparing to argue for or against it in a public forum.
Whatever it is, please choose to do something to show your appreciation for the blessing of having been born in — or great, good fortunate to have moved to — the United States of America. Not for nothing are we the land of opportunity.

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