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Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Living in our free society has many perks and benefits. All too often we never really appreciate how good we have it until we face that expected event that could change ones life dramatically. Be it a health scare, a simple accident at home, a sudden job disruption or a family/personal crisis or change. It can happen to any of us, at any time or at any level of life.

This wonderful and free society also comes with certain responsibilities; some mandatory like taxes, others are optional such as volunteering or contributing financially. Without individuals stepping forward to accept these “optional” responsibilities our society would surely fail. Like any organization or group you belong to “dues” must be paid and sacrifices made for the good of the whole.

In recent weeks the news has been full of heroic deeds and humanitarian tasks like guardsman and soldiers returning from the front protecting the freedoms we all enjoy; individuals donating organs so that another may enjoy a fuller life; volunteer firemen risking their lives and safety to enter into burning buildings to save lives; volunteers devoting countless hours to shelter and feed homeless individuals and even pets; toys being donated to brighten a child’s Christmas; volunteers standing out in the cold to ring bells at the red kettles collecting funds for those less fortunate and even children sending funds to children in other countries ravaged by storms and natural disasters.

No one forces us to perform those tasks. We do them because we know they are important things that must be done. Some among us accept those responsibilities cheerfully and with enthusiasm, devoting their life to good deeds whenever the need arises. Others accept them as part of life and do the best they can to contribute what they can and yet others skirt bye, living off this wonderful society taking as much as they can and putting back little.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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