Letter to the Editor

Reflect on the past

Monday, June 30, 2008

Dear Editor,

Family fun and fireworks are part of Independence Day.We also need to reflect on the event leading up to our country's 232nd birthday.

Some very important steps related to our personal rights and freedoms took place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa.

The first Continental Congress met there in 1774. Taxation without representation was discussed. Delegates adopted an agreement not to trade with Great Britain or use British goods. By 1775, the Continental Congress met again, demanding that American colonists' right be recognized and respected.

After Paul Revere's famous ride in April 1775, it was determined that action had to be taken by all of the 13 colonies. Early in June 1776, representatives met again at Independence Hall. The Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, John Adams (1735-1826), Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Roger Sherman (1728-1793) and Robert Livingston (1746-1813) to prepare a draft for the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson wrote the final text of it.

Congress debated its contents from June 28-July 4, 1776. Fifty-six members of the Continental Congress signed it. The original copy of it is displayed in the National Archives building in Washington D.C.

Helen Ruth Arnold,


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  • I fear, the words remain the same, but the understanding of those words is changing. Just ask the Federal Appellate and Supreme Court's.

    We, Americans, must stand even taller, in our Pride of being Americans, for we need to recouple 'belligerence' to our Pride. We must become active in our refusal to allow our Constitutional rights from being taken away. I address our right for the 'Will of the People' to become, and remain Law, especially, when passed by more than a two/thirds majority vote. Without preaching the subject, be aware that what the Court system is doing, is far, far, more dangerous to our way of life, than 'Mother Nature'(used loosely) is inflicting.

    Year 232 is an excellent year to go back to the 'original' Constitution.

    More ranting and raving, later.

    To one and all, Shalom in Christ. Arley

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 4:13 PM
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