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The beauty of America

October 3, 2008 - Steve Murch
Saturday’s edition of The News has two stories on the front page that symbolize what is great — negative and positive — about this country (and yes, even the negative helps define our greatness).

The first is the ugly — the bailout. Whether was the right thing to do or not will be debate long after its effects are felt. There will never be a consensus on it, which is part of the reason the action by Cogress and the president helps define our country’s greatness.

The U.S. is the symbol of what makes a great democracy. Through the whole fiasco, legislators’ actions were questioned, names were called and reputations were sullied — by each other and the public. That wouldn’t be possible without being a country that places a priority on public discourse. And when it was over, those on both sides of the debate moved on. It’s what we do in America.

We’re able to do that because of the other story on that page (which can be found on this Web site beginning Saturday). A group of World War II veterans held a reunion in Alpena this weekend. This company was right in the action. Their numbers are dwindling due to health reasons and death. The end of WWII was more than 60 years ago, making all the members of the company older than 80.

These men — these friends — continue to meet every year, those you can anyway. Family members also are keeping the spirit alive and getting involved.

Even after the last of the WWII veterans has died, we need to remember them, and all those who fought — and continue to fight — for our country. For without them, we couldn’t have the country we have now.


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