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America: Love it
or leave it
Editor:
God bless America.
There are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native Americans, need to understand.
irst of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the "American Way" has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam… We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society – learn our language.
In "God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, Right Wing, political slogan – it is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol and it is printed on our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation and this is clearly documented throughout our history.
If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud to have Him.
We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose.
If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. The American culture is our way of life, our heritage,
and we are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. Like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.
Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom: the right to leave.
Mike Dowdy
Hartselle
Alcohol sales would help city
Editor:
The Rev. Ron Wilson's letter condemned the sale of alcohol in Hartselle based on the distribution of half the alcohol tax collected on beer among all other Alabama counties. Depriving yourself of a benefit just because it may benefit someone else does not exhibit sound, rational logic nor is it a very acceptably understanding Christian attitude.
Not only will Hartselle benefit directly from the collection of the alcohol tax on all alcohol sold, but also from the sales tax on it plus the sales tax on all directly and indirectly related item sales. And city sales taxes are collected are not shared with any other entity.
Depriving Alabama counties of a portion of its alcohol tax receipts is a very poor excuse for Hartselle's rejection of the total benefits (alcohol and sales tax benefits) of having alcohol sales in Hartselle.
James Nix
Hartselle
Jimmy Robinson
Hartselle

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