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Thank You — Gratitude-18 — Passionate Letter Writers


Letters to the Editor may seem of no real importance at first mention, but when one stops to consider the subject matter many times centered in these efforts is about patriotism, or citizenship, reevaluation may be necessary.

My gratitude today is for letter-writers like Willie P., of Paulding, Ohio, and Jackie S., of Archbold, Ohio.

This month, Willie P. wrote of the need to continue to protect our American Constitution. By helping draft and support documents like the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the American Constitution, our Founding Fathers also created risks to their own lives, as their efforts meant supporting a complete break from the British government, Willie P. pointed out. Without the continuation of knowledge on, and support for, these documents of freedom, American freedom cannot stand.



Jackie S. reminded us of her relationship with, and appreciation for, Bob Heft, former mayor of Napoleon, Ohio, who drafted the design for the 50-State American flag. Bob didn’t stop there, Jackie S. rightfully declared. He dedicated his life to serve and promote the flag and the American way of life it represents.

These are passionate reminders that freedom is not free. Freedom is a continuous work in progress. It must be nurtured throughout every generation of Americans to ensure its success.

Much can be written about these individuals, or ones you know who have made similar contributions. Why wait to do so?

(BONUS Trivia: Who said the National Park System “is one of the first great American inventions”?
ANSWER: QT Luong, who has photographed all 60 national parks over 25 years!)

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Thank You–Gratitude-14–The Vote

Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote!


Today, especially, and always, I’m grateful for The Vote! Are you?

It’s a very important day in America. Although I’m certain the majority of voting Americans will be happy to see this Presidential campaign, one of the nastiest in our history, draw to a close as we enjoy the traditional peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., I’m also confident that the majority of Americans are going today to their polling places with love of country in their hearts.

Get out and vote! The privilege of voting is part of what makes our United States of America great!

So many wrote about The Vote; so many persevered to obtain it. What are your writerly thoughts?

(BONUS Trivia: While Death Valley exhibits much in fossils, which park offers such fare from 34 to 56 million years ago?
ANSWER: Badlands National Park in South Dakota!)

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