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Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Take a look at Food Network star Paula Dean, attempting to explain actions taken 50 years ago when attitudes were very different than today. By today’s standards it’s unthinkable to justify those actions, but it was very different 50 years ago.

If history has proven anything, it has been that new freedoms don’t get accepted by society with the same open arms that we profess to celebrate on July 4. Something, so offensive to many of us, as burning the American flag, is a freedom we must all be willing to accept and defend.

Let’s face it, we all want control over our lives, actions and property. While your elected officials legislate what freedoms we can exercise and what we are not free to do, it’s our culture, over time, that resolves these inequities within our borders and seeks to provide a level playing field, but it does take time for these changes to take root.

So when you’re celebrating this independence weekend or watching a magnificent fireworks display, remember that freedom is as much about your personal freedoms as it is about tolerance, understanding and respect for others who long to be free. Life is so short and fleeting, is it worth fighting and stressing out today over something that in a few years may end up being considered commonplace? Let’s make certain the battles we wage are in the defense of freedom and not just the opposition to change.

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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