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Looking for cultural sanity

June 10, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

This letter is regarding the Bill O'Reilly column "Are teenagers really Americans?" that appeared in the May 29 edition.

Let us not confuse patriotism with politics. I was 13 years old when the Second World War was coming to an end. Did I know whether FDR was a good president? Probably not, but I loved my country with a passion.

Of course, I did have wonderful IHM sisters from Monroe, Mich., teaching me, which I believe is very different from what happens in some schools nowadays. However, even now I believe there are young people who are patriotic and, furthermore, older ones who know a thing or two about politics. I have the good fortune to live in the same town that the Franciscan University of Steubenville is in. I am an alumna, and when I have the opportunity to attend an event on campus, especially one sponsored by political science majors, I am amazed at how knowledgeable and into it they are - and patriotic.

This is not a four-letter word in the circles I am in. Yes, they are really Americans. I believe that there are others in other places. Just as their parents or grandparents rebelled against "the establishment" and got us to where we are now, so they will "rebel" and bring us back to some cultural sanity.

June Baker


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