Editor, The Beacon:

Many years ago, I walked the picket line at The New York Times with journalists. They were witty, kind and had an acerbic sense of humor.

I will never forget the things I learned from them. I learned that democracy is precious.

I worry about the apathy when I see that only 20 percent to 25 percent of people voted in many local counties this week. Our freedoms are slipping away, and it was troubling to see how many election-deniers, etc., won their primaries.

They talk about how “free” Florida is — while taking away our individual liberties every day (voting, right to choose, protesting, mask debate, book banning, etc.).

I often have long discussions with my grandchildren. One is in college and one in high school. I tell them about the wars they don’t teach anymore: World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War.

Our family has vets from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, so we know all too well the tolls of war. My husband and I just put together a binder with his memories of Korea, along with photos, and will share it with our grandkids.

The value of newspapers goes beyond the news, too. As a matter of fact, we found a new dentist who advertised in your paper.

I know you will continue to publish thoughtful articles, and can’t tell you how much I appreciate The Beacon.

Terry Elsasser


Editor’s note: And we sure appreciate our readers like Terry Elsasser, who frequently emails us with news tips and story ideas. Thanks, Terry!


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