2018-06-28 / Views

Giving thanks on the 4th


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Perhaps we’re confusing our holidays - or maybe not. It does seem as though the Fourth of July provides an appropriate pause in the year to offer thanks.

And Leelanau County has much to be thankful for. Some is as obvious as a panoramic gander from Pyramid Point.

Two are as simple as communities coming together:

 Eric Royston has been the face of the Leelanau Montessori community for a couple years, and now he’s the face of the county’s collective fight against cancer. More than 500 people turned out Saturday evening in support of Mr. Royston, who had just completed his second round of chemotherapy one day earlier.

“It’s hard to believe Eric’s touched so many lives since he moved up two years ago,” reflected his father, Rick, the retired chief of Leland Fire and Rescue.

The fundraiser was a success far beyond money generated to offset medical bills. Cancer can’t be fought with just chemicals or the money needed for treatment. It takes a collective effort extending from the patient’s mindset to the level of support from family and friends.

We’re all with you, Eric. You’ve got love on your side.

 There is no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than on the Leelanau Peninsula. As we write in Diversions this week, nothing wears red, white and blue suspenders as proudly as the county. We’ve got a patriotic sing, all-American concert, flag raising, two parades longer than main street and fireworks around the peninsula. To top it off, all-American volunteers will be reciting the Declaration of Independence at post offices in the Leelanau community.

We should all be grateful.

 But our thanks should go back further, some 242 years in fact, to a period of enlightenment that culminated in America declaring independence from England. Revisionists poo-poo the sacrifices of the signers of the Declaration because of their stature, their race, their gender. Revisionists miss the point.

The signers’ place in America was already prominent and secure. They fought for the right of every citizen to pursue their happiness beyond the boundaries of an oppressive government.

Happy Fourth of July.

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