Today we know that much of the land that constitutes the United States of America was obtained by ill-gotten means. Those who preceded us disregarded the native people who were there first. While slight effort has been made by the government at different forms of restitution, if we look forward we see that regardless of how the land was obtained, we have inherited an ongoing job: To be good and thoughtful stewards of both the land and the people who make up this great country.
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Robert Ripley (1890-1949) achieved worldwide fame through his[caption id="attachment_7224" align="alignright" width="233"] Photo courtesy of CBS[/caption]
“Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” column, a wildly popular newspaper panel series and radio program during the 1930s and ’40s. The phrase, “Believe It or Not” became a well-known saying of the day.
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While we think of the pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey as a long-standing tradition, it has actually been a relatively short and an erratic one.
Acquiring the official turkey, however, follows a much longer and steadier tradition.