2005 Spirit of Freedom winners and nominees
Respect for Individual Freedom
We cherish the basic freedom of individual expression, our individual rights to be, to think, to act, to fulfill our destinies as we understand them - knowing that our own freedom should only be limited by respect for the rights of others to their individual freedoms. This founding principle of our great nation is the guiding principle of our enterprise.
We understand that the choices we make in life have consequences and that we are accountable for those consequences. We strive to make choices that are constructive and upbuilding for ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our colleagues and customers, and for the communities in which we live.
We firmly adhere to a personal code of values. These values are the bedrock of our relationships, both personal and professional. Our integrity develops out of respect for ourselves and others, and it carries with it a strong sense of moral responsibility. We demonstrate integrity by striving to do what is right.
We are a community, a free association of human beings sharing values, bonded by daily experiences and secure in the knowledge that we care for and respect each other. We are united by our humanity and our shared commitments. We acknowledge the differences among us, as well as our common needs. We respect the guidance of those who are wiser and more experienced than we are in building our enterprise and in sustaining our unique bond.
We seize the opportunity to learn - to seek, to listen, to grow and to achieve our full potential. Moreover, we support the learning of others by striving to open minds, to enlighten those around us and to assist those engaged in the processes of development and discovery. Learning is one of our highest priorities. It is constant and without end.
“Newspapers cannot do it without the support of the citizens. Newspapers can be only as good, as fearless and as helpful as the public opinion of the community will permit.”
-R.C. Hoiles, founder of Freedom Communications
Freedom Communications is a diversified media company of newspapers, television broadcast stations and Internet-based businesses. Appeal-Democrat associates are proud to be partners in Freedom's purpose: We stand for human liberty and are the indispensable partner in the growth and vitality of every community we serve.
The Appeal-Democrat salutes those you have nominated as Yuba-Sutter's best, those whose lives exemplify the Spirit of Freedom. They are heroes in the truest sense of the word. Some come from outside the United States. Some serve
outside the United States. They are students, educators, business people. They work in government and in law enforcement. Some are retired. They are living their own American dreams built on hard work,
perseverance and a desire to help others embrace our nation's promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The 2005 winners are ...
The American Dream Someone who has succeeded professionally and believes American values made the difference; or a person who faced the challenges and obstacles of beginning a new life when immigrating to America. Ramiro Carreón
One Nation Someone who makes a difference for others through the spirit of community and volunteerism. Judy Mann
Service In Uniform A member of the military or public safety agency who works to protect our citizens at home or abroad. Maj. Duane Dively
The American Dream Nominees:
One Nation Nominees:
Service in Uniform Nominees:
Shaping Our Youth Nominees:
Future of America Nominees: