PA Printer Strikes Up Perfection —Cagle

Bowler and Pressmen Tommy Gollick has bowled consecutive 300 games and set a national record for 47 straight strikes. (Photo by Dan Gleiter, The Patriot-News)

BANNER IDEA: Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are the two holidays that find Americans in the most patriotic of spirits, so it comes as no surprise that one printer has ushered in a tradition of celebrating our nation’s freedom fighters with a message that carries a lasting impression.

Starting in 2008, Keith Nichols and his family-owned inkDOTS Printing, of Cypress, TX, began printing out 22-foot banners that feature patriotic images. The banner is hung outside inkDOTS Printing for people who want to sign their names, add encouraging messages and well wishes. Once the banner is full of names, Nichols ships the banner to one of the nation’s war theaters—Iraq, Afghanistan—for the troops to enjoy and appreciate during some spiritually demoralizing times.

Nichols plans on printing and shipping his banners of encouragement overseas as long as U.S. troops are serving their country, so this promises to be a commitment that will last into the foreseeable future.

SPEAKING OF FREEDOM: We are continually reminded that freedom comes at a cost. Some people give their lives in its defense, while others trample over it in squelching ideas they find offensive. As I write this, longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas has resigned from her reporting gig with Hearst newspapers over a remark where she suggested that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go home to Germany, Poland and America, etc. Her inflammatory remarks essentially ended a career that began in the 1940s.

The irony here is that the freedom of speech entitled to all Americans was shamelessly perverted via a mob mentality in the name of protecting an entire race of people from racial discrimination, and stripped away from a person who for more than half a century has done her part in championing the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights—which includes freedom of speech and the press. We must continuously recognize that the First Amendment was crafted to protect unpopular speech, and that it is an absolute.