7/3/18 - Independence Day

7/3/18 - Independence Day

By Chris Conroy
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

There've been a lot of stories in the past few months that captured our attention for many different reasons. The upcoming election, the separation of families at our borders, and a the pending announcement of a new Supreme Court Justice. Each of these news stories has an emotional impact, and it seems everyone has an opinion. That is a good thing.

As we enjoy Independence Day, let's make sure we celebrate freedom.  That includes the freedom to voice our opinions on these subjects, the freedom to agree, and the freedom to disagree. People on both sides of many of the issues facing Americans these days are attacking people with opposing views. Vitriolic, racially motivated, or stereotype-driven attacks aren't what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

You see, whether someone agrees with us or not has no bearing on one fact: we are all Americans. When you are in these conversations face-to-face or on social media, voice your opinion, voice your concern, but don't attack. Those attacks shut down the lines of communication. And if that happens, our country really will be in big trouble.

Remember, we are not a country founded on hate, from either side of a situation. This Independence Day, let freedom ring.  Let's have open conversations with each other, and let's do it right. It will make this A Better Heartland.

This is just one of many opinions. If you'd like to comment we want to hear from you. Use the e-mail or mailing address below to submit your comments. Be sure to include your name and hometown in case we use your comment on the air.

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