Born on the 4th of July |

Born on the 4th of July

Merlyn Oliver, Tahoe Daily Tribune

For Linda McCormick, the most important birthday girl at the party isn’t her — it’s her country.

“The birthday itself is just another year,” she said. “What’s important is what a privilege it is to live in this country. It’s an honor, and even more so since 9-11.”

McCormick, who turned 62 today, speaks with a lilt in her voice that matches her quick step.

Now a Superior Court clerk with El Dorado County, she appreciates the small-town bonds she has made during the 10 years she’s lived in South Lake Tahoe.

“I know all the dirt,” she said with a laugh after she posed for a photo.

“But seriously, I think people don’t realize the freedoms we have here.”

McCormick worked for the South Lake Tahoe police department for seven years before moving to the courts. She thinks working in law enforcement has made her more aware of the benefits of living in the United States.

“You hear about the bad things, not the good things,” she said.

One of those good things is living on South Shore.

“When the (Austin) Healeys were in town last week, I went to the show with my sister and her husband, who had brought theirs out from Michigan,” she said. “As I talked to all of those people from all over the country, I told them, ‘Welcome to South Lake Tahoe.’ I’m so proud of our small town. It’s an honor to live in this great country of ours. We have a good life here.”

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