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Letter: I have a duty to protest because I am a patriot

I have a duty to protest because I am a patriot

I am a patriot. I am not a “libtard,” “snowflake” or “radical leftist.” I have no problem with saying “Merry Christmas,” don’t burn flags and have the utmost respect for the members of all of our armed services. My father was a Marine who fought in Korea, a staunch Republican who loved Ronald Reagan and believed in fiscal conservatism. I think John McCain is a true American hero, and I have no problem with vetting refugees from countries that have proven ties to terrorist organizations. I am a wife and mother, I work full time and the family calendar that hangs in my kitchen would scare even the most dauntless of organizers. Yet, I protest. This is why:

I am horrified by the possibility of Russian tampering in our election because I am a patriot. I have been told by Rep. Chris Collins in no uncertain terms that he will never have a town hall to listen to my concerns, a town hall that I asked for because I am a patriot. I have been called names and slandered because I am a patriot. I have been accused of being paid by shadowy outside forces because I am a patriot. Nevertheless, I will persist – because I am a patriot.

The time for partisan politics is long gone. All Americans, no matter what side of the aisle they are on, need to demand better from our government. Our democracy may depend on it.

Kayte L. Zak

South Wales

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