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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 — RUSSELL SPRINGS & JAMESTOWN, KENTUCKY —
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Freedoms becoming less and less!
In July 2 Issue

We have always held great respect and appreciation for our freedom and independence.

We hold great respect for all the men and women who fought to safeguard these freedoms and to bring independence to this great country.

Several members of our family served in the armed forces and we have always been very proud of this fact.

While we certainly enjoy these freedoms, we are concerned that we are gradually loosing them, a little at a time.

We were talking with our son, Chanson, this past week about how it appears these freedoms are disappearing. We were discussing if the next 50 years brought about as many changes as the past 50, it would certainly be a new environment by the time his children would be adults.

Government intervention with rules and regulations is slowly but surely changing our world and the freedoms our founding fathers established.

We spent most of our youth living with our grandparents. Wonderful people, a great life. We did not have a lot financially, but the childhood was so wonderful.

The house was always open, doors never locked, no air conditioning and in the summer, the windows were always open and we can still smell the night breeze when the summer days cooled down. We could hear neighbors on their front porches, talking and visiting with each other. Kids out in the yards playing, neighborhood ballgames, home cooking each meal, a big feather bed in the winter and the feeling of safe and secure.

Our grandfather was a carpenter and we remember when he built our house. No one told him where he could build it, no one told him how to do the plumbing and the electric.

Fresh milk was left at the front door, churned butter, and fresh eggs.

We still have these freedoms to enjoy. Or do we?

Government rules and regulations now tell us where we can build the house, whether or not we can have a septic system, how to put in the plumbing and the electricity. If not, we cannot have it.

Fresh milk and a pound of churned butter would now have to be inspected a dozen times. Government has to protect us!

Our grandfather was also a hunter and fisherman. He showed us how to track rabbits in the snow,  how to fish by  sticking your arms in holes and around rocks at the edge of the river banks and pull out a big catfish.  No freedom there anymore. That is illegal because our government has to protect the animals and the fish.

We cannot smoke in public and in some cases, not allowed to smoke in our own homes.

All in the name of protecting us or protecting someone else, our freedoms are slowly dwindling.

Won’t be very long until our government will protect us and tell us how much electricity we can use. Our homes will have to be insulated, constructed and inspected. These proposals are being considered in congress at this very moment.

Our freedom to bear arms is not so free anymore. We can own a gun as long as we tell the government and register it with our government. In some states you are not allowed to have a gun in the privacy of your own home.

A law is on the table that will require a government inspection of your house, if you decide to sell it. If it does not meet energy codes, certain type windows, certain insulation and etc., you will not be allowed to sell your house until these things are done.

Soon we will be told what size car we can drive. What type of fuel we must use. All in the name of protecting someone or something. Protection reduces freedoms and our freedoms are disappearing rapidly.

Our two most prized freedoms, freedom of speech and freedom of religion, are also slowly but surely disappearing.

We can only pray in certain places, we cannot place the Ten Commandments in a public building and the list of “cannots” go on and on.

While we may hold several reservations concerning the future, we still remain very proud of all the men and women who fought so hard to bring  freedom to us and all those who have fought various battles to protect them.

Let’s remember these men and women when we celebrate this 4th of July and pray for our future.

But remember, you are only allowed to have certain size firecrackers.

You will need to check with the government to see just how big of a “boom” your are allowed.

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