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Published: Monday, June 25 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

In a by-gone era, before 7-11, Starbucks and Walmart, people worked from sun up to sun down to try and making a living for themselves and their communities. Such required lifestyles leave little extra time for getting in to trouble and I suspect incidents of dissatisfaction with clothing labels were rare.

Technology has truly blessed our lives, but for those growing up in a world where dinner was only a supermarket away, it is tempting to presume that we are owed what we have. These treks help us to remember that freedom, comfortable lifestyles and an abundance of leisure time came with a price.

In fact, it might not hurt to invite others on these Treks, legislators for one. To understand that a pay raise isn't just a vote away, that there are and have been people who have had to push hard to survive and not just push an agenda. That others have had to pull their weight and not merely strings to achieve something in life. To understand that this nation was built on blood, sweat and tears and not litigation.

garybeac
Chapel Hill, NC

I hope we will also remember to observe Simon Bolivar Day, July 24th, to celebrate the heritage of the majority of Latter-day Saints.

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