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For the editor:

I woke up unexpectedly at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Strangely, I started thinking about my life, my family, and the current political divide in America.

Now wide awake, I grabbed my smartphone and started listing what my parents, my teachers, and the good people of southwestern Minnesota taught me 70 years ago. I was taught the following:

My country and my family are everything.

Living in America is a blessing.

Be kind and respectful to everyone.

The police and the military are our friends.

Work brings dignity.

Without laws or borders, we have only chaos and crime.

You can have anything you want, but you have to work for it.

Most personal problems are self-inflicted.

Capitalism brings a better life for everyone.

If you borrow money, you have to pay it back.

Freedom is never free.

The growth of government creates dependency.

Always trust the Lord.

I felt much better that I could still remember what I had learned so long ago. I kissed my beautiful wife of 50, who was still sleeping soundly.

I thought about how people and America in general had blessed my life and quickly fell back to sleep.

John Coulter

Tracy



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