Letter for Monday, May 29, 2017

• I don’t care about politics on Memorial Day

I don’t care about politics on Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day and politics needs to be pushed aside. America is driving itself and its citizens to the breaking point — nuts, crazy.

We need to remember President Obama’s famous speech on the night of July 27, 2004, when he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention: “Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America …”

On this Memorial Day, let’s remember a veteran and say thanks, let’s be thankful to our fellow American even if they are not in the same political party as you or the same religion or ethnicity as you. Let’s be thankful for living in the greatest country on Earth and for our freedoms that so many sacrificed their lives for.

Memorial Day is not about the barbecue at the beach, although that’s great. Memorial Day is about a united America and all our freedoms. Let’s put politics aside and take a moment of silence and thanks to memorialize all who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can all talk openly about politics. However, not today, because today is special!

Happy Memorial Day and God bless America.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

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