United States isn't perfect, but it is still a nation we can take pride in

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

I was reluctant to write about the water-dousing case again but some of the negative reactions truly bothered me. The two people I owe my patriotism to are my father and my junior high school teacher Mrs. Mary Willets.

My father, being an immigrant, came to this wonderful country and got his citizenship as well as served his adopted country honorably in the armed forces. Mrs.Willets taught me that though this country is not perfect, it's still a country to be extremely proud of.

Even with all its faults and hypocrisies, our Constitution is still a work in progress as well as a wonderful experiment in democracy.

I'll end this writing with some food for thought:

The Bill of Rights Article 1: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

William A. White: "Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others."

Richard Segura , Kenai

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