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To the editor:

I read the mission of “Braver Angels” (, and found it to be interesting; but, in my opinion it left out under blue: communists or socialism a person may belong in when they vote with the Democrats. Well, we know “they” believe it’s not a good time in the United States to have your own opinions. In their countdown to communists and socialism as a way of life in the USA: “WOKE.”

OK, the other day I received a letter that talked about harm.  Some of the writer’s subject lines I would like to respond to; starting with the one about “Trump and cohorts should be tried for crime against humanity” (COVID, EPA, Immigration) and treason. The letter wrote “five deaths.”

The letter was addressed to me, so I will assume I am one of those “cohorts.” This comes on the heels of two old males saying, “ It’s not about Charlie” and “I’m tired of hearing about Charlie.” (We were discussing removing Charlie’s voting position. They did. Enough is enough. 

An American should not joke about causing a person’s death. Why? Some nuts can come to the belief that some actions should take place against that living soul. Take this as a wake-up call, Kanabec County. Some bad people are out there. 

To believe harm (death) should come to an American because of what he or she holds as an opinion is wrong. To wish an American harm for belonging to a political party a person believes to be a bad party, is also wrong. “Two wrongs do not make a right.”

I don’t try to force people to believe in what I do. But please, permit me to make you fully aware I am a strong believer in the United States Constitution (1789), the Bill of Rights (1791) Project 1776 (Ala), Project 21 (DC), and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (among others.) That is the major reason I am a retired United States Marine. Fear is not part of my soul, but reaction under No. 2 is. Period.

Are you aware former President Barack H. Obama warned, a lot of the dangers of cancel culture — are we just going to be condemning people all the time?

He said this during a special with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Obama said, “We don’t expect everybody to be perfect, and we don’t expect everybody to be politically correct all the time.” He is right.

(Honest, I never voted for the man or his policies, but this time, on this short subject, I will accept his words.)

Charlie Strickland Jr.


Proud to be an American

Many places in the world are not good places to live, and a good number of Americans do not understand how good we have it here in the United States of America.  It is the many freedoms we enjoy that make this the best country in the world.  Of course, your freedom is only limited up until you infringe on the rights or freedoms of other citizens.

Where do these freedoms come from?  Mainly they come from charter documents we know as the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Our founding fathers knew, when they signed these documents that they were risking their lives.  But they did it anyway.  

Down through the 245 years since the founding, many have sacrificed to promote the life that we enjoy.  You could probably name some of the many wars that have been fought to preserve our freedoms.  The United States is truly a special place, a shining city on a hill, the light of the world.  People who immigrate here know this. They are literally dying to get here.  Illegal immigration on our southern border is just one example.  The backlog of legal immigration is another example.

Immigrants are welcome to America.  They always have been, but they must come through the front door.  We are a nation of laws, and they must be respected by all.  Are we a perfect country?  Of course not. The United States, for all its imperfections, is the greatest place in the world.  

Would you want to move somewhere else?  A third world country in central America or a middle eastern country; Africa maybe; The far east; Hong Kong?  Somewhere in Europe?  Some still need to learn why we love America.  They don’t know any better.  They promote “wokeism.”  It’s about labeling people, and it’s about dividing our country.  A lot has changed in 245 years.

As a citizen, I used to think I was a “regular guy.” I was born white into a two-parent family, I was raised to be financially conservative, I went to high school, got in some college, and I hold down a full-time job, I am heterosexual, I support the second amendment and I am proud of our flag.

I don’t know if I can thrive or even survive in this new America.  America is now 245 years old, but recent, drastic changes have taken place in the last 7-8 years.  It seems like overnight I have become a “white supremacist,” a “fascist,” a “homophobe,” a “gun lobbyist,” a “right-wing conspiracy nut,” an “anti-socialist,” an “infidel” and a “racist militant.”

I sometimes catch myself humming the words to Lee Greenwood’s country song, “Proud to be an American”.  On this 4th of July, let’s salute America, the greatest country in the world.

Dan Cook


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