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Letter to the Editor: America

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

There is no other country that has ever come close, or most likely ever will to the United States in its uniqueness. The American form of government espousing individual liberty as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and then upheld through the force of law in the Constitution has produced the greatest economy that the world has ever known. And that very same economy has in turn produced some of the greatest advances in science and technology together with the highest standard of living ever obtained anywhere at any time. I am continually awed by the wonder of America.

We are the country of the Boeing 747, the 777, and the 787; the Lockheed Tri Star, the DC 10, the MD 11, and the C5 Transport. We are the country of the Nimitz class Air Craft Carriers of the F 15, F 16, F 22 and F 35 along with the B1, B2 and F 117 Stealth Aircraft. We are the country of Modern Jet technology and development; the country of the US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard; and the M 1 Battle Tank. The country of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler; of the Big Block V8, of 4 wheel drive Posi Traction, the Automatic Transmission; Central Air Conditioning, and Central Heating!

We are the country of the IMAX motion picture process, the Panavision 35, and Super Panavision 70mm film processes, of sound and video technologies that dazzle the senses, of multi track digital recording, of 6 Track Dolby theater sound! Of MGM, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Walt Disney, Disney World, Disney Land, Star Trek, Star Wares, Gone With the Wind and the Broadway stage and music extrodinar! We were the ones who developed AM and FM Stereo; the ones who pioneered Black and White Television and then Color Television and then digital HD TV; the ones who aided the development of the Vacuum Tube and then the Transistor and finally the Integrated Circuit. The ones who pioneered Satellite, Video, and Space technology, and put the first man on the moon!!!

We are the ones who built the Saturn 5 Rocket, and developed the Space Shuttle; and the ones that mass produced Penicillin thereby saving millions of lives. The ones who pioneered cancer research, brain research; that helped develop the MRI for peering inside the human body. We are the country of the Windows and Apple operating systems; of HP, DELL and IBM, of the Intel I 7 six core processor of UXGA computer graphics and beyond; the originators of much of the computer revolution and of the Internet. The ones who fought WW2 on two separate fronts, won in both and then liberated the countries that fought against us and gave them back their independence.

We are the country who has fed much of the world and policed much of the world. The ones who pioneered nuclear power technology; hydroelectric power technology, and coal power technology; together with the 3 Phase power grid system.

We are Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Denver, the Rocky Mountains, the Alaskan Wilderness, the Bijou and the cool New England breeze.

We are Mobil, Exxon, Chevron and Shell. We are GE, Proctor and Gamble, Wal-Mart, NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. We are the country of Natural Resource abundance; the country of thousands of towns and communities each with their own unique businesses and history. We are the Shining City on The Hill. We are America.

Let us never forget who we are nor feel ashamed about these magnificent things or fail to remember the legacy of excellence that has been courageously left to us. Our greatest times are ahead if we will but seize the day and take a decisive unwavering hold of our future.

“America America God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”

Steven Howard

Monte Vista

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