Posted July 31, 2021
This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president. A couple of items I’ve heard or seen recently, both gave me a good feeling about our children and our country. I’d like to share both with you.
First, I’ve heard many stories from our Miller Media Group announcing staff who covered the many 4-H and County Fairs thru-out July. These stories all had one telling thread, that 4-H’ers who needed assistance with their animals as they prepared them for the show ring, were given that assistance by other 4-H’ers. Whether it was offering a brush, or doing something to help their fellow 4-H’er get their animal ready to show, the camaraderie was enough to cause University of Illinois Extension 4-H officials that organized the Fairs, to comment to us, as well as that same feedback coming from our staff announcers who broadcast live interviews with these 4-H’ers.
Secondly, in my travels across our Taylorville and Clinton market areas, I’ve noticed more and more American flags being displayed at homes, businesses, and even in many villages and towns, not just during the 4th of July holiday, but they’ve stayed up and are still on display. It encouraged me enough to do the same at our home.
Both of these “feel good” stories, give me hope and confidence about the future generation of youth, as well as our country in general. No matter whether you’re liberal or conservative, left or right, no matter what color your skin is or your beliefs, we all are still Americans, living in the free-est country in the world.
Our freedom was bought and paid for, by the sacrifices of the millions of service men and women that fought, and many cases, died, so that we enjoy the freedoms we have.
The freedom to fly the Stars and Stripes. The freedom to show animals at a 4-H Fair. And, the freedom for youngsters to help each other because they care.
Makes me feel good about the country I live in, and our future. I hope you do, too.
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