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Editorial: Freedom’s price

Posted: July 2, 2018 7:16 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Tomorrow is a special holiday, perhaps the most important one we celebrate as a sovereign nation.

In that spirit, we want to wish everyone a very happy and restful Fourth of July.

It’s a special day, one of supreme significance. We are now 242 years into this experiment we call the United States of America. As with all works in progress, there are triumphs and tragedies, accomplishments and challenges, things we need to keep and things we need to re-think.

But, the driving force behind the grand experiment is still there. We are a people who believe in the inherent rights of people to choose their destiny as they see fit. There are few concepts as beautiful as that of freedom.

Let us not forget the price of that freedom. We, as a community certainly, saw and felt and honored, up close and personal, some of that price paid when The Wall That Heals came to Kershaw County in May. And yet, as all-encompassing and as powerful a reminder as The Wall That Heals was and is, it represents but a fraction of the price of our freedom, paid over the years by so many.

Let us also never, ever, lose sight of the responsibility that freedom requires. Contrary to the misguided opinion of some, freedom is not a license to do whatever we want, but rather, the liberty to carefully and deliberately choose to do as we ought.
So tomorrow, let us enjoy our collective day; let us celebrate our precious freedom, just as our nation’s founders envisioned and encouraged us to do. Celebrate it; but always be vigilant and work for its protection and preservation.

Happy Fourth of July and God Bless America.

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