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Kay Wade

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Give Me Liberty  

Independence Day. What does independence mean to turkey vultures spiraling ever higher in the sky? How independent are bears, or coyotes, or trees in the forest, or humans? Why are eagles, with their fierce yellow eyes and formidable yellow beaks, the symbol of independence? Eagles are, after all, unapologetic thieves, stealing fish right from the talons of the osprey. Plus, eagles feast on roadkill. They are an interesting choice for our national symbol of liberty. Ants, who toil and sacrifice everything for their queen, might be considered as the more patriotic beings, but our tradition of doing battle with ants at our Fourth of July picnics probably bars them from consideration. Nevertheless, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!. ~K
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