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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

7/02/2007 "A Toast To America"

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It's almost Independence Day..and this is a week we should all rejoice!!! For me, it's a time to celebrate and a time to reflect. We are lucky. We are Americans. No we are not perfect. Our country faces plenty of challenges, and we have plenty of flaws. Still, we are the greatest country on earth. I know, because I can drink the water. Let me explain. Because my dad was in the Air Force, I spent, part of my childhood overseas. I have plenty of memories growing up in Izmir Turkey. But one I have never forgotten was not being able to drink the water that came out of faucets. It's a simple amenity, most of us take for granted. In order to drink the water, we actually had to treat it ourselves. The government told us to put drops of Clorox in our water before we drank it. So we dutifully prepared gallons of water. ( I don't even want to think about how those toxins affected my body...but I'm still alive..ha..ha!!!!) Such a household chore seems almost shocking when you think of the modern water treatment plants here in the United States. But every time I drink water I feel a small tinge of patriotism. I think what a great country. You may be thinking all that from a glass of water? Well, yes. Because I know what it's like when you can't drink the water. And, I know what it's like not to live in the greatest country on earth. So this July 4th raise your water glasses high and thank God you're and American.

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