On Friday, the newsroom plans to practice our patriotism by being among the 153 million adults celebrating the Fourth of July holiday by attending a cookout, barbecue or picnic.

We intend to contribute six hot dogs, one pound of chicken and one pound of red meat/pork to the estimated 150 million hot dogs, 700 million pounds of chicken and 190 million pounds of red meat/pork that will be consumed this weekend.

 As such, we will not be publishing the Business Record Daily A.M. or P.M. e-newsletters on Friday. In addition, the Business Record Iowa e-newsletter will be published on Monday.We felt it our duty to chip in a few bucks to the nearly $6.3 billion that Americans will spend on food items celebrating our country'sindependence.

We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend, and maybe take the time to watch a few fireworks and contribute to the $600 million Americans will spend this year lighting up the night sky.


- Chris Conetzkey, editor of the Business Record