Prevention Is Still the Cure

 

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Many Americans are being demoralized. They’re buying into trashing the free press, the hallmark of a free society.

It’s true a free society harbors violent non-conformists, athletic scandals, war-mongers, those who manipulate others for profit. It’s true troubles will exist in every area of life in a free society.

But a free press keeps the general public duly informed. (Even reporter rats eventually run.)

Americans are accepting insults and defamation of professional athletes who kneel at the playing of the national anthem when the kneelers’ motives are to protest racism in their country, not to protest their country’s existence. 

It’s true a portion of professional athletes don’t represent their sport, or their country, with good deeds returned to their communities. Others, however, do, giving more and more without seeking rewards because they care and can financially do so. 

And a free press keeps the general public duly informed because it is a nation’s watch dog and it is free to report. 

Truths often are difficult to swallow.

It’s up to a free society’s general pubic to use information wisely for the greater good, and not to use it to divide and conquer the populace.

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Thank You Veterans

Have you thanked a military Veteran today for your freedom? It’s Memorial Day, 2018!

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To Veterans, we owe our freedom in America. Many men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice in conflict and war to make that possible. Don’t ever forget them! And say thank you on more than one occasion during the year!

Always remember! Never forget a Vet!

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I love this screen The Weather Channel used to depict one of World War II’s decisive battles of World War II, at Iwo Jima, during the station’s Memorial Day Week 2018 broadcasts.

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Bless the Farmer

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Come on, Spring, and the art of farming!

Paul Harvey, the talented radio host, once said: “God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’

“So God made a farmer.”

I’m a farmer’s daughter who still loves the land for all it can provide for the created human race!

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Words to Think On

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Consider the Power of Words:

Albert Einstein once observed:
“I know not with what weapons World World III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Comedian Robin Williams painted a darker picture yet, quoting a PENTAGON OFFICIAL who said to him: “…the people who would actually push the button probably have never seen a person die…the only hope (a strange thought in itself) is if they placed the button to launch the nuclear war behind a man’s heart. The President, then, with a rusty knife, would be required to cut out the man’s heart, kill(ing) the man, to get to the button.”

These dark thoughts shared may be an enlightening warning to the living!

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Time to Flag It

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Jadar Johnson, 22, rookie draftee of the New York Giants, has retired.

His reasons are two-fold, but No.1 is profound — he values his health, he said. He also has plans to pursue less reckless ventures, ones that will tend to not endanger his life, as does professional football, or any level of contact football of today’s variety.

Brain disease and damage is becoming more and more a culprit that is making footballers take a second look at their choices. Are the demanding physical risks of the sport worth the rewards?

Could players do better to get that college education and begin a different life at an earlier stage in their football careers, as Johnson has decided to do? Taking the rookie paycheck and retiring with one’s head mostly intact may become a welcomed trend.

Stats are beginning to appear that confirm 99% of football players are being brain-wrecked to some degree…

It’s time to raise the red flag and start all level, non-contact Flag Football Safety Leagues that will take over the crunching cruelty of the current National Football League. There already are some flag football leagues, for youngsters and for former NFL pros.

Let’s trend that!

See Also: Ryan Nagelhout’s article — “The American Flag Football League Had Its Day in San Jose, But Making It The Future Will Take Time”

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Independents Separatists and Allies

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Saluting soldier at the Veterans Park at the Bridge, Napoleon, Ohio

July 4th marks the annual celebration in America of its Independence Day, the result of the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776. America broke away from Britain’s control of her, yet in World War II, it was Britain to whose aid America eventually rose, and together they helped form the Allied forces that defeated the invasions of Japan and Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

It should be noted that the American Constitution, written to ensure the lasting freedom of its people, wisely called for separation of church and state. This insured the liberty of the people to chose their own religious callings, something that had been impossible in their former lives in Britain at that time.

Paradoxically, it was the Bible that was “…the most cited book in the political discourse of the age, referenced more frequently than the great political theorists…” scholar Martin E. Marty pointed out.

It’s time for Americans to think deeply about the preceding three paragraphs. No better time than July 4th!

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Our Small City

Our small city in Northwest Ohio has an historic Courthouse;

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beautiful, quiet streets;

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lovely birds, flowers and trees along residential areas;

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architectural houses of wonder owned by many home-town people;

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innovative business transitions (an actual lumberyard renovated into a winery named “Lumberyard — “, featuring an outside, fenced-in visitors and smoking area);

a beautiful bridge completely restructured in 2008 that features wide walkways and rustic iron railings on each of its sides!

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This is Napoleon in Henry County, Ohio!

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