Just thinking about July 4th and what it means to me. The Declaration of Independence signed by our forefathers put their lives on the line for our freedom. Even now, our freedom continues to come at a great expense…loss of our men and women in our Armed Forces. Our freedom as well as other countries that want a democracy continues to be threatened by those more interested in power and greed which permeates the world. If it were not for those in power wanting more, what would our society be like if we followed the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I recently heard a new one, the Platinum Rule, “Do unto others as they would want done unto them.” To reach beyond our greed and power and reach out to others in need. Wow…what a concept. What a value. What respect we would have for others. And, in turn, our life would be much easier if others did treat us the way we want to be treated. I challenge you for the next five days to observe and follow the Platinum Rule. At least it would be a start!