2018-02-14 / Editorials

Honoring Our Presidents

February 19 is Presidents’ Day, which grew out of our two celebrations— Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays. They were born 286 and 209 years ago, respectively. Washington, the father of our country, was the larger-than-life hero who led us in the American Revolution to victory and independence from Britain. Lincoln ended slavery and kept the entire country together in spite of the Civil War. Lincoln was a saturnine figure whose life was one of major obstacles from the beginning, which he conquered through his own character, force of will and brilliance. Franklin Delano Roosevelt pulled us out of the Great Depression and helped rescue the world from the fascist Nazis and the Axis powers. In honoring them, we acknowledge and revere the importance of the office. Our country must be led by the best and the brightest, who are capable of protecting it, and fortifying it with a strong economy, gainful employment for all, good relations within and with the rest of the world, and a government devoted to protecting the Constitution for the greatest good of all the people. We are indeed fortunate to have inherited our Constitution, written by geniuses who were able to combine wisdom, perspicacity, and enlightenment to set forth lofty goals for an entire country, combined with the means to achieve it.

We wish we could interview some of our greatest presidents, for example George Washington, who said, “‘Tis better to be alone than in bad company,” or John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader,” and John F. Kennedy, who said, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” In honor of the day, take a moment to consider what has been good for the country and what you value in a president.

We hope you enjoy the day, and when you go out, avail yourself of your local shops and venues. They make the community strong and always treat us to something special. Have a wonderful Presidents’ Day weekend.

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