The Fourth of July is the day we celebrate our nation’s freedom and, by extension, our freedom as individuals.
We wonder sometimes about the way we use our freedom. Do we appreciate it? Do we exercise it?
We have a few suggestions for how to use our freedom as the Fourth of July approaches.
Use your freedom to go outdoors rather than scroll Facebook or watch TV.
Use your freedom to make safe decisions during holiday celebrations, which will allow you to keep your freedom.
Use your freedom to have a civil, face-to-face conversation with someone you disagree with, rather than to insult and mock people you disagree with from afar.
Use your freedom to inform yourself about issues with an open mind and research, rather than to blurt out talking points from politicians or commentators.
Use your freedom to welcome people of different backgrounds and beliefs into your business or your community.
Use your freedom to, in your actions and words, seek to unite rather than divide, so we all can remain free.
We intend to use our freedom to continue to operate a free and independent press; to provide accurate, objective, and timely coverage of local government and other happenings in Lincoln County; and to maintain free yet civil discourse on this opinion page, no matter how ugly things get elsewhere.
Use your freedom this Fourth of July. Happy Independence Day – we’ll see you at the fireworks.