Letter to the editor: Celebrating joy on Independence Day


The constant drum beat from those who create division and strive to “burn this country down” were interrupted Monday by wonderful patriotic celebrations of our country’s founding.

Not only did we enjoy the Edmonds Independence Day festivities (also known as Edmonds Kind of 4th) but the Seafair, Macy’s and Capitol fireworks displays. All provided us with thoughts of reverence and joy for why we love this country.

Wouldn’t it be ideal if we had Independence Day celebrations every week?

Jeff Scherrer

  1. Unfortunately people who were killed or injured by gun violence at 4th of July events in other parts of the country probably feel differently. But it’s good you could forget about all that for a moment.

  2. I think it is possible to bemoan the gun violence and still celebrate what is good about our country.

  3. I fully agree, Jeff. We have a wonderful national history to celebrate. Our independence from Great Britain was made possible by a very small percent of strong, tenacious men and women who wanted something better.

    I suggest, Theresa, that you learn our true and glorious history and observe that guns aren’t the problem. The heart is the problem. Mental illness, broken homes, and disregard for law and order are the problem. And people like you conflate the problem and kill any joy around them. But thanks to our founding fathers, it’s a free county for you to speak your toxic mind.

    1. We have a major nation wide problem with drugs (illegal and legal), guns in the wrong hands and mentally ill people who feel inadequate and angry at the world and choose to act out violently. This doesn’t have much to do with celebrating Independence Day as one chooses in a free country. We are still free to celebrate or not as we see fit and that is a good thing. Personally, I now avoid crowds and situations where I think there may be I’ll advised social and political acting out. That doesn’t mean I don’t love my country or want it to keep getting better if possible.

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