Vail Daily column: Hail to the turkey

By Edward Stoner

Each state has its symbols: State bird, state tree, even state dinosaurs. These are often indicative of a common inhabitant or visitor, but they don’t really carry much weight. No one says to me, “Oh you’re from Kansas? You must love to sing like the meadowlark, and stand firm in water like the cottonwood!” But when it came to representing an entire nation, our founding fathers had clear intention. This would be a symbol recognized across the globe that embodied the power and spirit of a people. Only something brave, bold, courageous, and graceful would suffice. For these reasons it …

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