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4, july 4, Celebrate true meaning of Fourth of July "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their cre- ator with certain inalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Those famous words written :primarily by Thomas Jefferson create the most~ .~ i!i,ar p~se ~i~e,~ec- laration of Independence signed July 4, I776 in -Philadelphia as the United States declared its inde- pendence from Great Britain. As we celebrate the Fourth of July with family gath- erings, good food and good times, we have a tendency to sometimes forget those words that led to this his- toric holiday. The right to have representatibn on ~ issues, reli- gious freedom and in other+ar:eas were sought and gained by those willing to la~ down their lives to make the United States a free country. As with most great ideas some flaws. The some states meaning the Declarati movements, there are .... still existed in: (original 13 colonies, the freedom that pendence so eloquently addressed. The Emancipation Pro,cl +amation that freed all slaves wasn't signed by President Abraham Lincoln until 1863. Women were not granted the right to vote until the early 1900s and it wasn't until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 under President Lyndon Johnson that all African-Americans were the right to vote. Still, the Fourth of mean more than a summer holiday for stores. We should reflect on the rights we are promised. I s appalhng thatin recent electionb, the state-wide vote in Alabama failed to attract more than one in four voters to the pollS. In Macon County, the figure was about 20 percent while in nearby' Lee County only about nine percent ofregistered voters cast their ballots. Of course, freedom also means the right to not par- Church ,Symbols Th rouq'n'The .Ages Letters to the Editor No excuse for apathy by Macon Editor, The Tuskegee News: The morning after the .June 25, 1966, Run-Off County Election: Macon County as well as the state of Alabama at large failed to vote in the m~jority. Apathy? After years of "blood, sweat and tears" to educate, inform and encourage the citi- zens of Macon County to VOTE, we failed to VOTE~!. for the Macon County Board of Education! Even with this minority VOTE and the mass turn-over and turnout of the present County Commission was, I believe, caused by the un-accountability of the county records and ill-advised vote on the 2 cents sales tax for the Board of Education. I believe Commissioner Albert Daniels was the only Commissioner who did not vote on this issue because he thought his vote would be a conflict of interest, Macon County Board of Education the State Board of Education could bly take over and manage the funds Macon County Board of Education, Wilcox County. -It is hoped that the Board of Education see, in the Macon County Board of Education ter managed and accountable. The responsibility is more of