Most of us know this date as the Fourth of July, but its official name is Independence Day. Not the movie. A lot of things happened to get us to that point, starting with Christopher Columbus sailing the ocean blue. Then there was The Stamp Act, mercantilism restrictions, Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre, Common Sense, help from the French, and those words penned by Richard Henry Lee of Pennsylvania, which most of us know, "these United colonies are and of right ought to be, free and independent states. John Adams decided that day was when the Congress passed "the most important resolution..." (July 3, by the way) The final draft of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
The rest is history. Literally. Fast forward to 2017. Things are a little crazy. Trumped up. Even vicious. But if you read any books of the day, or newspaper articles, editorials, other papers, you find that our history is soaked with nasty comments, accusations, personal attacks (even though they didn't have Twitter back then). We've survived. We will continue to survive. Our nation ebbs and flows. Its OUR job to be sure the USA stays what it is. An IDEA. And a good one at that. Free. How many other countries are there that tolerate so much dissension and ideological differences without killing or imprisonment by the government?
Keep the faith, folks. We're all in this together. We have alot in common, and can be civil as we discuss and defend peacefully. Tons of folks are still coming here. There must be a good reason. I think some of us who have never been off the continent don't know how good we have it.
Enjoy the burgers, hot dogs, beer, music, games, parades, fun and fireworks. Nobody does this as good as we do!!!
Happy Independence Day!!!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016
Out with the old, in with the New! Happy New Year 2017 to you and your loved ones, family and friends. Enjoy the long celebration weekend, be safe, and raise a glass to a prosperous, generous and gracious new year.
|Everything is coming up roses for 2017! |
(also, Ruzicka means little rose in Czech)
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
In case you need to know this, CMS has extended the deadline for individual health insurance applications for a Jan 1 2017 effective date to this Monday, December 19 2016 at 11:59 pm. Open enrollment for 2017 plans is active until Jan 31 2017, but each start date has a separate deadline.