When people think about Thanksgiving, they probably picture the Pilgrims. That’s a major part of Thanksgiving’s history, but there’s a lot more to it than that.
Before it became a federal holiday, Thanksgiving was a day appointed by Congress, the President, or the state legislatures or governors.
Early in our nation’s history, Congress sometimes appointed more than one day of prayer of thanksgiving in a given year. That’s because Thanksgiving wasn’t simply a time for eating turkey. It was a time for prayer. Virtually every early thanksgiving proclamation includes calls for prayer along with fasting, corporate worship, confession of sin, and so on.
We have posted several of these proclamations as part of our Words From Our Founders series on our Family Council website. You can find excerpts from a few Thanksgiving proclamations issued from 1775 to 1813 by clicking here. I hope they give you an idea of what Thanksgiving was meant to be in this country.
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Earlier this year the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 1097 authorizing the state Highway Commission to increase the speed limits on some of Arkansas’ highways.
According to the act, speeds on Interstate highways could be increased to 75 miles per hour; speed limits on state highways could be increased from 60 to 65 miles per hour.
Family Council does not have a position on highway speed limits, but we want to make sure our friends are aware the Department of Transportation is taking public comments on this issue.
If you would like to weigh in on whether or not speed limits ought to be increased, you can submit your thoughts to the State here.