Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor. (Correspondence)

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor. (Correspondence)

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Dear Readers,

Geraldo Rivers, the erstwhile newsman, talking head, hunter of mysteries, defender in chief of a disgraced president and general bon vivant of New York City finally has shown his true colors. And they are red, white and blue. Go figure: In a time of national crisis, he's finally shucked off his partisanship and become an American first.

What brings this to mind is something that has bothered us for many years. Hyphenated ethnic affiliations, as in Irish-American, African-American, Polish-American, Mexican-American and so on. It always has seemed to us that when it comes to being an American one is not white, black, brown or yellow, but red, white and blue. Period. It is a darn shame that it took the loss of 5,000 lives, and the threat of more carnage, to open our collective eyes and hearts to see ourselves as a people blessed and with precious advantages -- the rights to speak, pray, vote, travel or stay home with loved ones -- in a land of such opportunity that millions seek to join us and become part of an individual breed called Americans. …

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