State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Caspian Makan begged his friend, Neda Agha-Soltan not to go to a demonstration in
"I tried to dissuade her from going out in the streets because I'd seen in my work as a journalist that, unfortunately, there are a lot of merciless behaviors.”
Agha-Soltan’s aunt who lives in the
The 26-year old was unconvinced, telling a friend, “Don't worry. It's just one bullet and its over."
Agha-Soltan was shot to death the night of June 2009 near the spot of skirmishes between pro-government militias and demonstrators who believe rampant vote fraud took place in the reelection of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A physician on the scene said she died from a gunshot to the chest in less than two minutes.
Photo: Sky News
The shaky cellphone pictures of “Neda” as she became known worldwide, bleeding on the street immediately transformed her into an international hero.
People of Iranian origin hold images purporting to show Neda Agha Soltan, allegedly killed during a protest in
“Neda” is a modern day Jane McCrea who played a significant role in the growth of a new nation.
McCrea, born in 1752, lived with her family in
Jane McCrea fell in love with and became engaged to a British officer, a loyalist in General John Burgoyne’s army. Jane was living with her brother John on his farm at
On July 27, 1777, McCrea went to visit a friend in
News of McCrea’s cold, brutal murder at the hands of Burgoyne’s Indians spread like wildfire and ignited uncommitted men to finally take a side, flocking to enlist. The infusion of new fighters was the impetus Americans needed. Inspired by McCrea, they defeated Burgoyne at Saratoga three months later and the Revolutionary War swung heavily in America’s favor,
With the injection of new fighting soldiers on the American side, General Burgoyne and his troops were defeated in Saratoga just three months later. This defeat was a significant turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Jane McCrea was 26 years old. Neda Agha-Soltan was also 26.
Agha-Soltan’s perseverance and senseless killing illustrate how desperately people around the globe want what we have and enjoy every day. A Freedom House report shows 43 countries or 36 percent of the world population were judged “not free” and 60 countries or 18 percent of the global population “partly free” during 2007. That amounts to over 100 countries and 54 percent of the worldwide population that do not know what it feels to be an American.
Sadly, too many Americans take their liberties for granted. However, many more fully understand how fortunate it is to be an American.
A poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research Inc. for the PBS news program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and the United Nations Foundation during October 2008 found that 61 percent believe America is a nation uniquely blessed by God, and 59 percent believe the United States should be a model Christian nation to the world.
Many courageous, valiant individuals throughout our storied history fought and sacrificed that we may benefit from that special status today.
This July 4, 2009, I have the distinct honor of reading the Declaration of Independence at the Greendale Village Hall at 9:15 a.m. It reads, in part:
“...governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.....But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security.”
Rush Limbaugh Jr, father of national talk show host Rush Limbaugh wrote an essay about our forefathers. An excerpt reads:
"Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of
The fight for freedom never was and never will be easy. Remember to pause and reflect on our great history as you celebrate Independence Day.