Publisher's Notes

Celebrate the USA!

Hello, everyone. Happy Independence Day! 

I feel this year is the year to have a bigger celebration than we have had in a very, very long time. Think about what our forefathers did to create this great country that we are so very fortunate to call our home. On July 4th, 1776, the day that is celebrated as the birth of American independence, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. Our country has been through so much…but we are still here! 

My guess is that the year 2020 will go down in history as one for the record books. Businesses have had to learn how to work differently. Parents have had to learn to be teachers. We all have had to look deep inside ourselves to discover what is right…and what is wrong. Many of us are simply worn out from all of the challenges. 

I have discovered that the citizens of the United States are a tough bunch of human beings. We do not agree on everything…and, thank God, we all have the right to express our own opinions. After all, that is what this country was built on. 

As difficult as this year has been, I find myself appreciating all of the challenges that have come our way. Personally, this has made me stretch my thinking and reflect on my own personal values, passions, and beliefs. I find myself rereading the Constitution of the United States to remind myself why this country was founded. 

I have always considered myself a patriot, a supporter of what our forefathers wanted when they fought for independence. This year has made me delve deeper into my beliefs about what the United States of America is and what our forefathers intended it to be. The great news is that I believe our forefathers are smiling down on us. They see that we are fighting to learn, to grow, to become better. They are smiling because we still allow free speech. They are smiling because we still have the freedom to speak our minds, to have a difference of opinion, and to come together for the common good.

This July 4th, I am hoping that we can all gather with family and friends to celebrate the United State of America. This is a great country, and I truly would not want to live anywhere else. We can learn, and grow, and be better through all of these challenges. We can do this! Please light a sparkler for all of us!

See you next month.

Janet Van deWalle,

National Publisher

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