The America I Believe In

My 12-year-old son Eddie Meier wrote this passage for a school project. He presented it to me about five weeks before his 13th birthday and it floored me. It gave me a glimpse into the passion of writing that is in my boy. My cup runneth over. I hope it might reassure some of your readers. It is titled “The America I Believe In”:

The America I believe in is free to make its own decisions. Citizens get to decide what they want to be as adults. You make the decision to choose. Nobody tells you what you can or can’t be, because there is nobody to dictate your every move. If you want to be a firefighter, you can become one. If you want to serve our country in the Army, Navy or Air Force, you can. It doesn’t matter if you are a captain, rescuer, infiltrator, hacker or nurse. If it is what you want to be, you can.

The America I believe in will let you be free to choose your own path to follow. I want an America where racism doesn’t exist and people are equal, no matter how different. Every man, woman and child is treated with equal respect, no matter how many wrongs or how much right each has done. Each person is equal in power and can stand up for themselves with the freedom of America. That is the America I dream of, the America I believe in.

The America I imagine is where there are no limits to what each individual in the United States can accomplish. When I think of America, I think of safety, where there is no such thing as a dangerous city or a dangerous side of town. There shouldn’t be such as thing as a dangerous location. America is as great as its citizens. They are what make America great. We are what make America great.

The America I wish for is not poisoned with evil or greed. The America I know has the antidote. Some have used it, though some have not, and that is their choice. But they should consider too, “How can I make America a better place?”

America is great. so come, I want to know the America you believe in.

Tony Meier, Golinda

National anthem

When the national anthem plays:

  • I stand to thank the Founding Fathers who transformed the 13 colonies into one nation.
  • I stand at attention to honor those who have answered the call to arms to protect this nation, some of whom paid the ultimate price.
  • I stand at attention and salute to acknowledge the silent courage of mothers of all service members, a courage to quietly withstand the pain of heart, knowing some day an officer might well knock at the door to report of a mission and the fatal loss of a mother’s child.

Nick Caliva, American veteran, Robinson

Some ugly wall

Could in-ground seismograph sensors such as they use to monitor the U.S.-Canadian border for terrorists be used for the southern border instead of some ugly border wall? Just wondering.

Katherine Miller, Waco