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A little history on this special day

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In 1688, an invasion force of hundreds of ships from Holland, of all places, crossed the English Channel, with the Dutch routing the forces of England’s King James II. Three centuries later, on this date forever known as D-Day, in 1944 a much larger force headed for France for a much tougher fight that began on the bloody beaches of Normandy.

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I find it strange that Americans, nowadays will volunteer to head across the sea to fight for their country, but not cross the street, nor drive a few blocks to vote in an election. I believe it was drama critic and editor George Jean Nathan who said, “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”

What this scribe is saying, if you didn’t bother yesterday or in November, if you didn’t cast don’t complain, if you didn’t vote don’t voice an opinion. However, for those that did take the time to help this great country it seems to this writer there sometimes are too many Republican congressmen, too many Democratic congressmen and not enough United States congressmen.

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Locally, yesterday, we began to place our confidence in hopefully confident men and women. Though it sometimes seems one votes not for someone, but against another, let’s hope the bell of freedom and democracy at work in this great nation resounds in the hearts of the people we chose and does not clang against itself...


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