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Editorial: Fourth is a time to appreciate freedoms

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opinion Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The Fourth of July holiday Sunday celebrates the birth of our country, when colonial leaders risked life and limb by signing the Declaration of Independence.

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Our founding document reads "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These are just a few of the renowned words, written by Thomas Jefferson in consultation with other colonial leaders, which helped spark a revolution and the formation of the United States of America.

The Fourth of July is a traditional summer holiday, a time for family, friends and vacationing.

It is also a time to take stock in America.

Our country faces some challenges.

- Two foreign wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

- An economy that is not recovering fast enough, but is recovering.

- The largest domestic oil well spill in American history, which stills remains to be capped.

- A political climate divided between us and them, left and right, Republicans and Democrats -- instead of just Americans.

- America remains the primary target of many terrorists around the world.

Remarkably, America still is a country with a bright future and remains the envy of the world. Think about all we have and enjoy.

- One of the largest economies in the world.

- The greatest freedoms in the world. Each of us has the right to criticize the president or other politicians without fear or to vote for the candidate of one's choice.

- The freedom to worship or not worship.

- The right to join or participate in the political party of your choice: Democrat, Independent, Republican, Tea Party or whichever party you choose.

These are just a few of the freedoms Americans enjoy.

This Fourth of July one should reflect on the wisdom of our Founding Fathers and appreciate their foresight in the creation of our country.

Americans are truly fortunate with the blessings of this country.

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