• Jolene Hamilton

A letter from the editor: Americans need to take action

Hello, legends! What a joyous time to be alive (insert eye roll). Being the history buff I am, I can't help but wonder what the history books will say about 2020 50 years from now. Someday we will know how all of this shakes out, and I do not doubt that our grandkids and great-grandkids will read all about it through the eyes of historians, philosophers, and educators. But right now, we are smack dab in the middle of it. The direction of our great nation depends on we the people. Our actions now will determine the outcome of tomorrow.

Now, I'm not here to tell you what to do or believe, as this is still a FREE COUNTRY. But, I do encourage you to DO SOMETHING.

I've studied media my entire career, and I have concluded that social media is both a blessing and a curse, especially during times like these. Thanks to social media, we are informed like never before, and we have a voice. The problem with social media is we can easily be misled by false news, censored and divided like never before, and while it does give us a voice, it can also distract us from the truth, and taking ACTION.

This country was built on action. Our founding fathers certainly didn't use Facebook or Twitter to get the job done, so we shouldn't expect to preserve our freedoms and liberties online.

When I started Legends of the West, I was adamant that the late Colorado State Representative Kimmi Lewis would grace the cover of one of our first publications.

When I was the editor of the Ag Journal, I met Kimmi and sat with her in town hall meetings and agriculture conventions.

She was the perfect example of someone who took action. She was very passionate about land, liberty, and agriculture, and she was not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get dirty.

Through her efforts, Kimmi was instrumental in stopping the expansion of the U.S. Army's Pinon Canyon. This deal would have swallowed hundreds-of-thousands of ranch land in Southeastern Colorado.

She also wasn't afraid to use her voice where it mattered most. I remember sitting in a town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ken Buck and U.S. Representative Mike Conaway.

She asked the tough questions that most were intimidated to ask, and she challenged them passionately but respectfully. Kimmi, no doubt, gave them something to think about as they headed back to D.C.

From that moment on, I admired the "Wonder Woman" who worked tirelessly for ranchers, farmers, and rural America.

Sure, she advocated on social media. But, her posts have expired or been lost in the digital shuffle. However, her years of service, brass, and performance will sustain our industry, state, and country for years to come.

Now is the time to TAKE ACTION, America. No step is too small; in fact, I believe change starts at home. Begin in your home and community, and don't be afraid to expand when warranted.

Like Kimmi, don't be afraid to fight for what you love and believe. Log off social media and do something brave, do something legendary.

Patriot, you are powerful!

Legends of the West Media



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