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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:31 am, Thu Dec 15, 2011.

Pastor Frank Nolton’s opinion, “We have gone too far with political correctness,” in the Lodi News-Sentinel dated Dec. 10 is right on! Current political correctness (as expressed by the Lincoln School District) divides our nation and ultimately leads to racism.

This is the United States — not Divided States — of America, our country, our America and we welcome everyone who comes here legally.

My wife and I are both immigrants, we came to America legally to seek opportunities that did not exist elsewhere. We learned the language, became citizens and embrace America as our homeland. We still celebrate our traditions and share them with our family, friends and neighbors who in turn share their own traditions with us. We do not demand that America conform to our native language, customs, traditions or our way of thinking. This is America and it has its own language, customs and celebrations.

We embrace all that is America. We also do not demand that other Americans abandon their ideals and customs so that our feelings are not hurt. We have accepted what America has to offer and we celebrate with America in all of its glory and diversity.

We do not condone dual citizenship and we do not vote in any other country’s elections; our ballots are in English which is the language of America. We are proud to be called Americans. I served my adopted country, America, for twenty years in the Armed Forces and would have given my life for America.

Those who wish to practice “political correctness” should keep in mind the Pledge of Allegiance and that the United States of America is a “melting pot” with one flag, a common language and common ideology binding people from different cultures, languages and backgrounds into one nation, called America.

Tasso and Gertie Kandris


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  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:52 am on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    Jerome wrote:

    Nevertheless, I didn't quite catch the “vehemence” within Pastor Nolton's letter of December 10, 2011 that others claim is apparent.

    Unless one is into political correctness and multiculturalism they don't.

  • Ron Portal posted at 7:50 am on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Ron Portal Posts: 120

    I'm curious to find out what exactly Ms. Bobin's belief of what "Christianity is all about" and why when someone sticks up for Christian traditions during Christmas constitutes vehemence but when she speaks its somehow so reasonable. It is, afterall, the celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus which is the foundation of the birth of the American experiment in it's Judeo-Christian beliefs. A faith that embraces all peoples...that respects the rights of individuals of both sexes unlike other religions that do not. Don't believe me...go to the Middle East where "the religion of peace" rules wearing your Western clothes and see how long you live.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:47 am on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    Our first founding document, The declaration of Independence states:

    ............We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".................

    This simple document eventually led to the idea of self-governance as outlined in our constitution and our bill of rights. These ideas eventually led to the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement which set an example for the rest of the world. The experiment of American self-governance by a moral and religious people has brought charity, freedom and security to all corners of the globe. The American experiment has culminated in what later became the unique American culture.

    Historically, many people have fled persecution, oppression and poverty to build a better life for their families in America. People from diverse cultures came to America with hopes and dreams of melting into our culture and raising American children who would have opportunities that were not available in their homeland. They left their old cultures behind to become Americans.

    America became stronger when foreigners became Americanized. Immigrants took on American sounding names, they learned English, they sent their children to American schools, they dressed like Americans, they celebrated American holidays, they took pride in being American and they became part of the rich and wonderful American culture. For the most part, they left behind the culture, language and most of the customs of the land that they fled. This was true for my own grandparents and for most grandparents of my generation.

    When we encouraged immigrants to take pride in America and become Americanized, we built a stronger, wealthier and freer nation.

    If we encourage Americans to celebrate the various, cultures, languages and customs of the nations that these immigrants fled, America will inevitably become less united, weaker, poorer, more corrupt and less free, like the nations that these immigrants fled from in the first place.

    Immigrants came here to seek a better life in the greatest nation that this world has ever seen. The more Americanized they become, the better they will be able to avail themselves of the boundless opportunities that America has to offer. We do ourselves and our immigrants a disservice if we do not insist on unity and pride in America's, culture, language and rich heritage.

    United we stand, divided we will fall. Multiculturalism tends to divide, categorize and highlight the differences among people and cultures. Multiculturalism asks us to accept things that are not always in the best interest of America. The unique American culture has led us to prosper and grow and be a beacon of freedom and inspiration for the rest of the world. America has grown to become the freest, wealthiest and most benevolently powerful nation that this world has ever seen. This can only be diminished by diluting our rich culture, language and noble heritage with multiculturalism.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:45 am on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857


    Why Multiculturalism is Bad For America
    Posted 2 years 28 weeks ago by garyganu

    Multiculturalism is the exact opposite of what our great American culture was founded upon. Most American Coins have the words "E Pluribus Unum" stamped on them. This means: "Out of many, One". America has always been a melting pot in which many diverse cultures are mixed together and have been transformed into a single great American culture in the end.

    Our unique American culture has led us to be the freest, wealthiest, most benevolently powerful nation that this world has ever seen. This is NOT due to cultural diversity, but to the contrary, this was due to our founding principles and concept of "the American melting pot".

    Freedom from religious persecution is one of our founding principles. Of course religious freedom is part of the American culture. However, a moral and religious people is required for self governance.

    In today's day and age, Christianity is often ridiculed, mocked and discredited. Diverse cultures, that often lack faith in God and sometimes are incompatible with Jedeo-Christian principles, are often celebrated, embraced and encouraged by today's schools, the media, popular culture and the government. In my humble opinion, this trend needs to be reversed if we are to survive as a nation and a culture.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:38 am on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    Ms. Bobin wrote:

    As Mr. Martinez stated: "The letter by Pastor w/e sought to comment on the "War on Christmas," not racial division or immigration..."

    -The war on Christmas is as a result of people like Bobin and Martinez who want to advance political correctness which stems from multiculturalism. People like them are so worried they are going to offend immigrantas who bring their cultures with them from other countries,in the process they create division. So many of these immigrants enjoy the Christmas holiday season. And they don't understand
    why certain people want to ridicule those who want to celebrate the birth of Christ.
    This great country is a melting pot of many cultures. Up until multiculturalism came about it was always understood one could not lump them all into one basket as if they are equal. Multiculturalism has attempted this and failed miserablely.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:48 pm on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    This letter from Tasso and Gertie Kandris should be mandatory reading for all students and immigrants in our country.

    Very impressive !

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 4:09 pm on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2367

    Hmm, I wonder just “what is Christianity about” that would necessarily require me to “review my ‘new testaments?’” The fact of the matter is that one must understand both the Old and New Testaments in order to fully understand Christ’s mission that leads us all toward eternal life through His death on the Cross. Nevertheless, I didn't quite catch the “vehemence” within Pastor Nolton's letter of December 10, 2011 that others claim is apparent.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:08 pm on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Kandris for your success and devotion to your adopted country.

    As Mr. Martinez stated: "The letter by Pastor w/e sought to comment on the "War on Christmas," not racial division or immigration..."

    I do believe that he was attempting to CREATE DIVISION along religious lines through his writing.

    Mr. & Mrs. Kandris wrote: "Current political correctness (as expressed by the Lincoln School District) divides our nation and ultimately leads to racism."

    This is only the case when people who demand that religious (Christian) symbolism be present in the public schools and subsequently place blame on non-Christians when decisions are made to respect others beliefs.

    I have never encountered a minister in my Christian denomination who would have ever spoken with such vehemence as did Pastor Nolton in his letter regarding the removal of "Christian" (that weren't even Christian, by the way) symbols in Lincoln Unified.

    That is not what Christianity is about, and those who think otherwise should review their New Testaments.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 11:54 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2367

    Indeed, it is wonderful to read such moving words and sentiments from truly patriotic citizens. What saddens me about where our nation is headed are so many of whom were actually born with all of our inalienable rights are moved to condemn such feelings. We need more citizens like the Kandris's.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 8:50 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 538

    The first thought that popped into my mind after reading this letter was, "Welcome to America".

  • Manuel Martinez posted at 8:13 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    The letter by Pastor w/e sought to comment on the "War on Christmas," not racial division or immigration...

  • Manuel Martinez posted at 8:12 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641


  • Craig Cawelti posted at 7:20 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Craig Cawelti Posts: 36

    Alas, if only every immigrant to this once bastion of freedom felt the same way.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 7:04 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for that letter, Mr and Mrs Kandris. I welcome any immigrants that have your attitude- the more the merrier! Sadly, some of the greatest patriots we have in this country are immigrants who have come from other countries and appreciate this country more than its natives. I have a friend from Iran who absolutely loves Christmas, and he was raised a Muslim and is very angry at the way Christmas is being destroyed. He is enraged at the disregard and abuse of our Constitution and is even doing his own Constitutional study sessions with his nephews, because they don't learn about it in their public school- this is criminal! Thank you again for this letter- you made my day!


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