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Cheers & Jeers

July 7, 2014

Cheers and Jeers: July 7, 2014

CHEERS to all the communities, community activists and volunteers who helped make this past Fourth of July memorable by organizing and participating in the many parades and activities that adorned the North Country.

It’s easy to think of the Fourth of July as just another holiday and, therefore, take the day off and forget the lessons of the day. But the festivities our local communities undertake help us remember exactly why we celebrate the Fourth. It was something of an arbitrary date, admittedly, chosen early on in our nation’s history. Yet the holiday has more significance to our country than any other on the calendar. And all of the community events help burnish it more deeply into our patriotic sense.

We would be remiss if we didn’t also mention the many people who fought through the oppressive heat of last week to help prepare for the activities. Marching in a parade in costumes wouldn’t necessarily be the top choice of most people - even though most of us keep telling ourselves, “We’re not going to complain about the heat after the long, powerful winter we’ve just survived.” Discomfort is discomfort, no matter which direction it comes from.

Anyway, the events of the Fourth not only remind us of our national heritage, they meld us as cities, towns and villages in common pursuits and fun for all. 

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JEERS to … well, we’re not sure whom. Here’s what happened: One evening last week, a couple of our friends were walking from their car in the parking lot of a department store, when they noticed a shopping cart parked with others in one of those receptacles for empty carts in the lot.

This one wasn’t like the others, though — it was full of stuff. Empty bags from a number of stores around the area, empty boxes, tissue paper from the boxes.

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