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Guest Editorial by Mary Anne Lewis: A Time to Appreciate America.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | July 3, 2009

Posted by Cliff Tuttle

Mary Anne Lewis, who has exercised her free speech rights as a Pittsburgh radio talk show host and newscaster, newspaper journalist and university faculty member, reminds us that Independence Day is also a time for gratitude for the right to speak out against injustice. Moreover, she has been contemplating launching her own blog to do exactly what she advocates in this post. We’ll keep you posted on that.



This weekend America marks Independence Day. As we know, it is the anniversary of the day the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776. Rather than simply looking forward to the fireworks this fourth, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices other Americans made to insure that you and I don’t live in a country like Iran, where residents are shot in the street for daring to voice opposition to the government.

This is something we can too easily take for granted. Concentrate for a moment on those who have fought and died for the sake of freedom. Beginning with the Revolutionary War, countless Americans have answered the call when necessary to preserve freedom in America.

The next time you see a wrong being committed, take a moment to voice your opposition. The next time you hear something you believe is wrong, take time to correct the speaker. That’s what living in a free society is all about. That’s what the founding fathers did.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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