Unite coun­try, ring bells on 4th of July

Post-Tribune - - Neighbors - DEAR ABBY

Dear Abby: At 2 p.m., July Fourth, I would love noth­ing bet­ter than for all Amer­i­cans to stop briefly and give our coun­try a ring . . . well, three rings to be ex­act.

On July 4, 1963, Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy pro­claimed the ring­ing of bells na­tion­wide with the words, “Let’s ring free­dom bells!” I was a White House aide then, and I vividly re­call how ex­cit­ing it was when bells rang across the na­tion coast to coast. Since then, many Amer­i­cans have for­got­ten to keep the tra­di­tion go­ing. Let’s start again!

From one Amer­i­can to an­other, I ask all cit­i­zens to help me re­vive the ring­ing of bells at 2 p.m. this July Fourth in cel­e­bra­tion of the adop­tion of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. It’s easy. Ring a bell, shake your keys, tap a glass or find a bell-ring­ing app on your smart­phone. It will give our coun­try a much-needed sense of unity and con­nec­tion to our past as one na­tion, one peo­ple.

The Iron­work­ers, Sheet Metal Work­ers and Fire­fight­ers In­ter­na­tional Unions of the AFL-CIO, The Na­tional Car­toon­ists So­ci­ety and Mal­mark Inc. have joined with No Greater Love in this spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of our free­dom and the guardians who pro­tect us — our troops, fire­fight­ers and po­lice.

Please, Abby, make your mil­lions of read­ers aware of this ef­fort. As in­scribed on the Lib­erty Bell, “Let us pro­claim lib­erty through­out the land unto all the in­hab­i­tants thereof.”

— Carmella Las­pada, founder, No Greater Love

Dear Carmella: I’m glad to help. I agree that shared tra­di­tions are the glue that binds us to­gether as a na­tion. So read­ers, on July Fourth, take a mo­ment to qui­etly re­flect on what this hol­i­day is all about. Then make a joy­ful noise and thank God for his bless­ings on our coun­try and the free­doms we en­joy today. That’s the Amer­i­can spirit!

Dear Abby: My fi­ancee and I share a credit card that was opened un­der my name. I use it for gas and house­hold or fam­ily needs. She uses it for per­sonal things such as buy­ing dolls for her col­lec­tion.

I was in­formed that I will no longer be able to use the card af­ter the last state­ment we got. (I had spent more than $100 on gas for the month.) I feel I am us­ing the card for the pur­pose for which it was in­tended. Buy­ing things that aren’t for the fam­ily but for her per­sonal en­joy­ment wasn’t our agree­ment.

I’m not sure how to ap­proach her about this without it be­com­ing an ar­gu­ment. She has a spend­ing prob­lem.

It will give our coun­try a much­needed sense of unity and con­nec­tion to our past.

I re­cently found a job, so I con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to the house­hold. This is some­thing that has been thrown in my face ev­ery time we talk about money. I want to see the state­ment so I can com­pare who spent how much on what, but when I ask to see it, she gets de­fen­sive.

— In the Dark in Michi­gan

Dear in the Dark: If the credit card is in your name, then you are re­spon­si­ble for any­thing that is pur­chased with it. The state­ments are ad­dressed to you, and you have a right to see them. That your fi­ancee is re­fus­ing to show them to you is a sure sign that she has some­thing to hide.

That’s why you must take the card away from her to en­sure that she isn’t putting you into a fi­nan­cial hole you won’t be able to dig your­self out of. And be­cause the lady can’t seem to con­trol her spend­ing, I’m urg­ing you to think long and hard be­fore mar­ry­ing her, be­cause af­ter you do, you will be re­spon­si­ble for her debts

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