August 28, 2019

Let freedom ring

1.9 min read| Published On: August 28th, 2019|

By James Combs

Let freedom ring

1.9 min read| Published On: August 28th, 2019|

Lake Countians sound off on their definition of freedom.

It’s understandable if people in other countries long for the freedoms that Americans enjoy.

The freedom to enjoy an epic adventure.

The freedom to practice the religion of our choice.

The freedom to discover and pursue our life’s passion.

And, as Americans, we can do all of these things without holding back in fear of shame or persecution. Obviously, freedom means different things to different people.

Healthy Living asked residents throughout Lake County what freedom means to them.

“Freedom is practicing your own faith, saying what you want, and doing what you want within the boundaries of the law. I served in the United States Marine Corps, so to me, the freedom we enjoy here makes the U.S. the best country in the world.”

—Gary Hagen, Leesburg

“To me, freedom means less government. Government should be in charge of security and defense and that’s it. I don’t want government involved in my life in any other way.”

—Cheryl Kluesener, Eustis

“Freedom is something that hundreds of thousands of people have died for. As a result, we have freedom of speech, the freedom to vote, the freedom to celebrate whatever holidays we choose, and the freedom of being our own individuals.”

—Jerry Galbreath, Leesburg

“What’s freedom to me? I have freedom to own my own business. I have freedom to make a positive impact in the community. I have freedom to make my own choices and freedom to be the best person I can be.”

—Amy Colangelo, Umatilla

“Simply put, freedom is having the ability to do as I please. That, in a nutshell, is what freedom means to me.”

—Jim Borden, Leesburg

“There are many different kinds of freedoms, but the one that I enjoy most is financial freedom. I appreciate being able to pay my bills and having enough money left over to create memories with friends and family.”

—Cassandra Daniel, Mount Dora

“It’s being able to do whatever we want and be who we really are. I couldn’t imagine living any other way.”

—Daniel Jones, Leesburg

“Freedom is being able to pray to the God I choose to pray to. Freedom is living in a home with people I choose to be with. Freedom is working and playing in the environment I choose to be in.”

—Dina Simpson, Leesburg

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About the Author: James Combs

James Combs was a pillar of Akers Media Group since its inception in 2008. Over the years, he had the honor of interviewing Lake & Sumter County's most fascinating personalities, from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans, bringing their incredible stories to life. Throughout his career, James earned over 50 awards for writing excellence, a testament to his talent and dedication. In 2021, he was inducted into the Akers Media Group Hall of Fame. Sadly, James passed away in 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of storytelling and excellence continues to inspire us all.

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