- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)9
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
As we begin a long weekend of celebration marking the 233rd anniversary of our nation's bold declaration of independence from the tyranny of a far-off government, there are many reasons to acknowledge the providence of more than two centuries of hard-won democracy.
Yes, the recession has left its bruises in recent months. Our nation's economic system has been affected in ways that will produce lasting changes, some good and some it's too early to tell.
And there is more government tinkering on the horizon that ought to be cause for grave concern by every freedom-loving America.
This, then, is a time to draw from the lessons of that spirit of government that promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every American. This is no time for sulking. It is a time for using the tools democracy affords us to overcome whatever problems and needs our nation faces.
Enjoy the parades, band concerts and fireworks. We are still a nation of individuals joined in common bonds to further the ideals of liberty, justice and the ability to succeed through determination, hard work and ingenuity.
Happy birthday, America! Let's celebrate everything that is good and pledge to seek the best future possible.