As a nation, we have allowed ourselves to accept the concept that the American dream isn’t what it once was and that sacrifice and hard work are a fool’s ambition. As a person who has enjoyed the good fortune to live the dream and has far exceeded his own expectations, I can assure you America is still the land of opportunity and any message to the contrary is a slap in the face to every person who has dared to dream for a better life. Nothing was guaranteed to our founding fathers nor the millions who still flock to our shores, but Lady Liberty says it best, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Last week we ran a new column in the paper featuring New Market Press Associate Publisher Dan Alexander. Alexander is one of the owners of this paper; he is also the owner of Denton Publications, our sister company in New York. His column has been running weekly in our New York papers for several years and we've been asked, more than a few times by our readers who've come across the column, to consider making it a regular feature to this newspaper.
Dan's not a journalist, but a business owner and brings a unique perspective to community, politics, and his favorite subject, the community newspaper industry. We hope you find his column thought provoking and useful. Dan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.