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Letter: We have to assimilate to keep nation strong

We have to assimilate to keep nation strong

On this beautiful, sunny day, I am reading Leonard Pitts’ op-ed and I agree, “we have some difficult days ahead.” And former President Barack Obama is correct, “America can change.” But we have become pockets of ethnic, racial, religious and sexual identities that have superseded our identities as Americans. Anti-assimilation, I think, is what is fueling some of our serious discontent.

Quoting President Theodore Roosevelt, “A hyphenated American is not an American at all. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”

This is not to deny our rich heritages but to use those unique flavors to enrich our melting pot. All of us need to learn about and appreciate others’ cultures to work toward a stronger, rather than fragmented, nation.

May God bless the “United” States and all Americans with their rich and valuable diversity.

Kathleen M. Rog

Hamburg

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