Letter to the editor – July 7, 2021

Dear editor,

It’s not about the color of your skin, where you came from, your sexual orientation, gender neutrality, who’s right and who’s wrong.

It’s about the freedom to be able to choose any of those above. It’s about our right to live and move freely in a country without fear or retribution. It’s about working where you want, when you want and with whom you want, free to choose who you love, live and work with. It’s about family, whether you were born into it, or became a part of a family. 

In the U.S.A., you are free to teach each other about where you came from, how you got here and how much you love your country for this freedom, regardless of how you got here. This is a fierce, formidable country that will protect us when we are threatened even if we are in turmoil within our own borders. 

July 4 is about a flag that flew when we thought all was lost, yet our ancestors persevered and were victorious and we carried on working and building this country together.

July 4 is our day to celebrate our freedoms with no hate, but happiness, and a commitment to keep making this country even greater.

— Alzina Kress,

Iola, Kan.