Frankly speaking As we celebrate the birth of this nation

We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution. ~John F. Kennedy

As you go about your day July 4,, whether you take in the American Legion’s parade, barbecue and the rest of the activities rampant around the Valley or head for the hills on your own, pause a moment and thank your lucky stars you live in America. Be proud you are a United States American and the thankful for your rights and privileges.

Having travelled from coast-to-coast in the United States and some outside its borders, I am always amazed at those who put the country down. My thought is, if you don’t like this country, don’t let the door hit you in the             on the way out. Pack up, move out, go away. Give up your freedoms the rest of us enjoy and appreciate.

I can remember landing in one airport outside of this country’s borders and walking from the plane to the airport. We passed a soldier in full military garb. Double ammunition belts strapped across the man’s chest, a sidearm strapped to his side and a submachine gun in his arms. Won’t tell you what my sister said in response to the sight, but I imagine you can guess what her thoughts were. And, truthfully, mine were the same. Welcome to another world.

Through my family’s business in Fort Bridger, Jim Bridger Trading Post and Giorgis Appliance Center, my family has rubbed elbows with many people from outside of the United States as a lot of foreigners pass through Fort Bridger. Often times they are not only amazed with American’s rights to own and bear arms, they are amazed with the many other freedoms and rights we are privileged to have.

This country was formed through the blood and the ideas of freedom. This country has stayed free because of the blood of some and the service of other veterans.

Be proud of this country. Be proud of your freedom. Be proud you are an American.