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A Letter to Lebron


Dear Lebron,

As an American, you enjoy freedoms that millions of other people around the world would die to have. Incidentally, that is what many are doing in the streets of Hong Kong right now. They are fighting, and dying, at the hands of the Chinese totalitarian regime hell-bent on obliterating their freedom.

Why do you support them? It’s a fair question. I understand the NBA, whom you work for via the Los Angeles Lakers, are big business buddies with the Chinese.  There’s a lot of Yaun (the Chinese dollar) filling the pockets of nearly every NBA player and coach (Steve Kerr and Pop), including yourself. It would be tough to give up that “extra income.” Maybe not as tough as having your freedom, liberty, and life completely stripped away.  But, that’s just pocket change, isn’t it?

Are you “educated on the situation” I am referencing?

Let me help.

You live in the greatest (not perfect) country on earth where freedoms are limitless. Income, that only the wildest of dreams could conjure up, can be earned. Your dissent can be loudly extolled without reprisal from the government (at least for now, anyway). The ability to come and go whenever and wherever you liked (Cleveland, Miami, Cleveland, Los Angeles). The people of Hong Kong, who bought your jerseys, shoes and anything else you endorsed, are in a life and death struggle to save what you benefit from.

I guess the most important, and final question, for you is simply:

What’s the price of freedom?

GOD Bless,

Robbie Burns

Your Day, Not Mine

In my 9th and 12th grade history classes at Tattnall Square Academy, we begin each day with a DMR (Daily Military Remembrance) to honor those who have given their life in service of our country.

With this being my birthday, I was curious as to who gave their life on the day I was born. Meet today’s DMR, Pfc. John Martin from Forsyth, Georgia. Screen Shot 2019-10-03 at 10.05.55 PMHe was only 23 on October 3, 1966. A life filled with dreams and goals.

Today, GOD blessed me with my 53rd year. I’m sure Pfc. Martin would have wanted to reach this age (that includes many more like him who died on this date in Vietnam).

On the same day – sadness in one home and joy in the other. A beginning and an end. My 53rd year of freedom has been granted by GOD’s grace and your sacrifice for the freedom’s I’ve long enjoyed.

Thank you, sir.

This is your day, not mine.

A Memorial Day Thank You

Dear United States Military,

I want to thank you for your service. Thank you for putting your life on the line each day for my family and me…for people you will never know.

Whether you have served in combat or not, the simple act of putting on the uniform each day means you made the choice to sacrifice yourselves for all of us out here. And that is extremely humbling.

There are two things I know very well. First, my eternal freedom is secure because of JESUS CHRIST and HIS sacrifice on the cross. Second, the freedoms I enjoy daily in America come from men and women, like you, that the LORD has blessed our country with.

From the time my feet hit the floor until my head hits the pillow, “I can’t be me without you.”   In our house, our children know that truth very well. The United States Military is America’s first line of defense – whether it is on home or foreign soil.

While you stand guard as the watchmen on the wall, we go to the work of our choosing. While you remain vigilant, we can take vacations. While you are deployed to dangerous assignments, we go to baseball games, work in our yards or eat at our favorite restaurant. The examples are endless and all of them, from the most important to the most mundane, are enabled because of your sacrifice. Again, “I can’t be me without you.”

These days, you are far too often forgotten rather than cared for…taken for granted instead of honored…used by politicians for political and personal gain. Treated like afterthoughts, not the heroes you are!

With the deepest appreciation I can offer, thanks to all the members of the United States Military – past, present and future. You shield us from what other people in the world must endure. The old adage, “Freedom isn’t free,” is true, but so is a new one – “I can’t be me without you.”

GOD Bless,

Robbie Burns

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