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Considering independence and freedom

Published 8:21pm Thursday, June 27, 2013

To the editor:

With Independence Day coming up, let us consider what American independence and freedom are all about. What is the meaning of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

A couple of big issues are freedom of religion and the right to bear arms.

Why is it almost impossible to buy some types of shells and ammunition? Is the government going to take away our guns or just shut down the production of ammunition?

And yet we keep voting these people back into office to represent us. What, then, are free elections about?

Regarding the First Amendment, why is it illegal to display the Ten Commandments, yet we allow Muslims the right to freely and openly worship wherever and whenever they want? Whose America and whose freedom is it, anyway?

Are American veterans and servicemen the only people who care about all this? Our veterans gambled everything for our country, and servicemen continue to fight and stand for us. Now we are all right back where we started from — which is making a choice between God and atheism, between communism, terrorism and freedom.

With the freedom of choice, what will Americans choose?

Whether my flag is the Stars and Stripes of Old Glory or Dixie’s Southern Cross, it still has its stripes, and it is truly a star-spangled banner. My flag stands for freedom and one nation under one God. And in one God only do I trust, with truth, justice and freedom for all.

I still stand and pledge my allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the people’s democratically elected government. And I pray they never run Old Dixie down.

Isn’t it great to be living in the USA?

Leonard C. McIde

French Creek, W.Va.

  • Chris

    Just for the record, West Virginia was a Northern state that broke from the South during the Civil War and is no part of Old Dixie.

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    • mab1960


      Geographically you are correct…West Virginia did secede from the Confederacy at the start of the Civil War. However, there were divided loyalties within the state where there was equal consideration to both the Union and Confederate causes:

      ” The Civil War has often been referred to as a war of brother against brother and father against son. No other state serves as a better example of this than West Virginia, where there was relatively equal support for the northern and southern causes. Often families were split down the middle over their beliefs on the war. There are many instances of divided loyalties and even of individuals fighting for both sides. During the Battle of Scary Creek, a Confederate soldier supposedly saw his brothers fighting on the other battle lines, decided he was in the wrong place, and changed sides on the spot.”

      ref quote:

      West Virginia Department of Archives and History



      p.s. This was information that I did not know until I researched your comment.

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    • chief601

      Having lived in WV I might point out there are more Sons of Confederate Veterans camps (in the area I lived in) than Sons of Union Veterans camps. The tearing away of part of Virginia may have something to do with the fact that that part of the Commonwealth was occupied. Granted, that part of the state had not been well treated by the more wealthy part of the state.

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