I’d like to say Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans. It’s more than cookouts, fireworks and a day off from work. It’s a day set aside to remember how our forefathers fought to give us a free nation to live and worship in as we choose.
It’s especially important today. We have men in Washington anxious to sign away our sovereignty to the United Nations, thus giving away, among other things, our right to declare war without the consent of others. And no matter where you stand on guns, do you really want the U.N. deciding who and under what circumstances an American citizen can own one?
We are a nation built by immigrants. At one time, that was an honorable term. People waited their turn and had a sponsor assuring they would be able to take care of themselves. They came because they knew this was the best place in the world to live. They came, worked and learned English and the customs of their new homeland.
Many still want to come here, but they don’t want to wait their turn. And when they get here, they want to turn their new home into the one they left.
They expect government help for housing, food, all the way to expecting their children to be taught in their native language. They fly their flags above the American flag and celebrate old holidays.
I’m asking that we all stop and consider what we want for this nation’s future, that on this national day of independence we stop and remember where we’ve been and where we’re going.
And ask ourselves, is this really where we want to go as a nation?
One is fatal, the other is not
Why is it that some pursuits of happiness are considered criminal while others are not?
What are the criteria?
Americans die in motorcycle accidents every year, many not wearing helmets because the law does not require it.
Air show accidents kill performers yearly, and skiing accidents kill many every year.
Auto racing kills drivers and spectators, wastes fuel, pollutes the air and causes hearing damage. Alcohol, tobacco and handguns, all legal, also kill.
Marijuana does not kill and does not cause people to commit criminal acts. Yet it is illegal. Please sign the Ohio Rights Group’s petition for a Cannabis Rights Amendment.