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EDITORIAL: Celebrate our nation, rural lifestyle this Independence Day

The spirit of Independence Day takes on a special meaning this year for the people of Malheur County. The revolt of state Sen. Cliff Bentz in standing for the people he represents was an act of defiance widely applauded in the community. As Vale embarks on days of observing the holiday and enjoying the fruits of rural life, let’s be mindful of the power of conviction.

Bentz’s act of rebellion has been compared in some quarters to the Boston Tea Party of nearly 250 years ago. Then, Americans rose in anger over . . .