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My favorite Thomas Jefferson quote: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln echoed this philosophy of our founding father, declaring that "
that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Lofty words, to be sure. They all spring from the belief that democracy rests upon an informed and involved citizenry. That's where you come in.

Our get-together Wednesday in DeLeon Plaza is a small way of saying thank you for participating in the community conversation. We won't solve our nation's ills over cookies and tea in the town square, but we will celebrate what makes our community and country great.

We'll have live music and a few speakers, but this event really is about meeting your fellow letter writers, bloggers and neighbors. We also will be on hand to give a tour of our new Web site and answer any questions  you have about posting or searching.

I'll leave you to consider another Jefferson quote: "Information is the currency of democracy." Thank you for spending it freely and responsibly.