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We embrace America and celebrate its traditions

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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:00 am

Pastor Frank Nolton’s opinion, http://www.lodinews.com/opinion/letters/article_9f19a70b-2293-5895-a50d-b026d823f992.html"> “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

Woodbridge

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