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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In May 30 Issue
Russell County News

Happy Memorial Day!  

I’m sure many of you remember that Memorial Day use to be observed on May 30th until the federal government decided to change it.  

Oh, it’s no big deal, but it has always been an extra special day in my family with my dad, grandmother and uncle all being born on this day.

My mother still places flowers on the graves of family members that have passed.  Memorial Day is also a time to remember our brave soldiers that have fallen in battle, protecting our freedom from those that would take it from us if they could.

I wonder if the Europeans are thinking about the sacrifices that were made by the United States for their freedom.  There is an American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France with a total of 2,289 of our military dead.

An American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium has a total of 5,329 of our dead. An American Cemetery in Brittany, France holds a total of 4,410 of our military dead. 

There is also Brookwood, England American Cemetery with 468 of our dead and Cambridge, England with 3,812.

There are 5,525 of our Military dead in American Cemetery in Epinal, France. 368 in Flanders Field, Belgium. 4,402 in Florence, Italy, 7,992 in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium . 10,489 in Lorraine, France.  5,076 in Luxembourg. 14,246 Meuse-Argonne. 8301 in the Netherlands. 9,387 in Normandy, France. 6,012 in Oise-Aisne, France.  861 in Rhone, France. 7,861in Sicily, Italy. 1,844 in Somme, France. 4,153 in St. Mihiel, France and 1,541 in Suresnes, France.  When you do the math, a 104,366 American’s gave their lives to insure our freedom and to give Europe’s freedom back too them.

Today we have Americans that have forgotten these sacrifices or plain don’t get it!  Instead of being the United States of America, we are quickly becoming the Divided States of America. New York, California, Vermont, Maryland, Oregon, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and others are racing towards progressive values and most of those state’s budgets are in financial chaos.

The state income tax in many of these states ranges from 9 to 10.5 percent.  

Rational thinking folks are being forced to cut and run which is placing a greater burden on the citizens and business that left behind.

If these states want go in opposite direction than the rest of us, that is fine, but it is not the role of the federal government to bail them out.

It is my opinion that this is the direction our new administration is heading and the burden of paying for all of this will fall upon the rest of us. Meanwhile, I’ve decided to stay right here in Russell County, Kentucky and continue clinging to my bible and my guns. I’m certain I won’t be alone.

May God bless…

Ron Phillips

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