Minden Press-Herald

Sep 16th

Fourth on the Fifth

PAT MUG077Hope everyone enjoyed the fruits of the labors of so many this Independence Day past. Celebrations ranging from huge fireworks displays to backyard barbeques with family and friends have become as integral to this uniquely American holiday as bacon is to eggs; as hot dogs are to a ball game; as futility is to Congress.

Your humble observer cannot celebrate a Fourth of July without thinking of those 56 independent yet collective thinkers who attached their names to one of the most important documents ever penned by humans. Their act of defiance to the most powerful nation on the face of the earth at that time defined the American spirit; a spirit forged by a burning desire to be free.

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