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Respect the oceans 365 days a year
Opinion by Melissa Martin
My favorite vacation spot is any place with an ocean and a beach—God's natural playground created for fun in the sun. And during summer beach vacation families can educate themselves about ocean clean-up and conservation. 

Oceans cover 71 percent of the planet and are home 
to important species and ecosystems that humans rely on for food, livelihoods, climate regulation, travel, relaxation, and so much more.

Whether you visit Myrtle Beach, the Outer Banks, Cape Cod, Daytona Beach—American beaches buzz with summer activities. Whether you fly or cruise to the Bahamas or other countries on planet Earth—beaches abroad buzz with tourism and adventure.      Click here for the whole column
I remember when Independence Day stood for something 
Opinion by Tim Shirer
I remember when July 4, was a day to celebrate the United States independence, our freedom, the fact we were a democracy, with freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Well I don't feel that way today. I see what our country has become. This is not the America I grew up loving and being thankful I was a citizen of.

On November 8, 2016, 62,984,828 people took that freedom away from the rest of us. The sad part is they aren't even a majority of the population. But they are not the only people to blame that we have lost our freedom. We lost our freedom because of the millions of voters who stayed home on Nov 8 and took their freedom for granted and didn't exercise their right to vote.

It is absolutely shameful that because of a bunch of greedy, racists and lazy people we now basically have Donald Trump a dictator running the country, aided by henchmen Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell who have lost all sense of what being a good American is so they can keep a stranglehold on their power.

So, there are no excuses, none. Don't tell me that there are some things Trump makes sense on, because that doesn't justify everything else he has done like ignore the constitution and destroy the government structure that the forefathers created, which in case you forgot is why we are having this holiday today. Click here for the whole story