As this weekend ends, three thoughts:
I love living in a country that created a holiday to honor a person who devoted his life to promoting civil rights.
And, as inauguration day approaches, I am reminded to appreciate the fact that I live in a country that has peaceful transitions of government and has managed to keep that concept going for over 200 years.
But, as I view both events, I am also reminded that Thomas Jefferson said, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." I worry about the financial troubles facing the country's newspapers, gradually undermining their ability to do the kind of investigative reporting that makes governments and corporations uncomfortable. While social media like this kind of forum help to offset some of those losses, who is going to pay for the depth of investigation and reporting that has proven so important over the years?