local to local
Merle Haggard is a legend though he claims not to like the title. He’s 76 years old, but today in a full western suit he performed in the dust and heat of a Montana afternoon. He and his band make music with the ease of a long history. The crowd knew his songs and they sang along with hands in the air, no room for dancing. The music was the best of country, but we chose to make our exit when Haggard crooned for us to love America or leave it. Now thinking about it, I question my reaction. I do love America, though it may not always be popular to do so. It is different than loving everything our country does. Even in my frustration with the choices we often make as a nation, I have no intention of leaving this place that is my home. Better to stay in the game.