- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
Today America observes the federal holiday that honors the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Typically a day filled with services of remembrance and reverence for King's life, the national holiday should also be a time for reflection.
King spoke out in support of equality, justice, peace, righteousness, truth and dignity for all people. He motivated people across the country to change their nation. He believed that humanity could change and people would be better off because of those changes.
King's legacy reminds us to recognize people for their abilities and not their ethnicity. King dreamed of America as a place where all people were equal and respected for their ideas. We still haven't entirely realized that dream.
As we attend local events today commemorating King's life, it is important to remember that fostering good relationships isn't something limited to a single holiday. It should be our constant goal throughout the year.