Frank SalvatoRightside News
I was checking out at a store earlier this week and as the transaction was coming to a close the cashier handed my receipt to me and said, â€œHappy Holidays!â€ I looked into her smiling face and asked, â€œWhat holiday?â€ She looked at me with a quizzical look and said, reminiscent of Tiny Tim of A Christmas Carol lore, â€œWhy, Christmas, of course.â€ With a big grin I said, â€œIndeed!â€ We both knew exactly what I meant by both the question and the answer.
It is easy, as we navigate our daily lives, to forget about things that, in the end, are more important than the many lesser and/or trivial things that we elevate to crisis. While the attacks on our nation from nefarious forces, both ensconced in our governmental complex and from abroad, are important issues, and ones we should indeed concern ourselves with, many of us forget to count our blessing each day; we forget to be thankful for all that we have. Even in these trying economic times, there are genuinely more valuable and precious things among our immediate surroundings; things like family, friends and the many things held in common by those who love our country; by those who love life.
The subject matter we address daily on these pages is always of a serious nature; of subjects that present clear and present dangers to freedom, to liberty and to our very unique American way of life. We, as the editorâ€™s, writers and publishers, expect our readers to be more than consumers of the information we provide, we expect you to be advocates for freedom, liberty, fair opportunity for all and for our Charters of Freedom; we expect you to be advocates for honesty and truth; we expect â€“ and we trust that you are â€“ role models for all that you would like our nation and our society to be.
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