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Fighting yesterday’s battles

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

We have a nation of rich American history—from the time that early settlers came to the new world, to when the west was won, to our Civil War, to the Great Depression, to the Civil Rights Movement, to putting a man on the moon and the list goes on. Everything that happened, good, bad, or indifferent, has shaped us into what we are today–a nation of strong, intelligent individuals, capable

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    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

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