To the Editor:

The Star Spangled Banner once proudly waved o’er a land of people united. For years we Americans stood side by side, but more and more now we’re divided.

Oh bring back the days when folks disagreed and didn’t resort to name calling; the days when not all, but many believed debating was better than brawling.

Now there are some who pick up the flag and use it to beat others down; the very same flag the patriots flew o’er the ramparts defeating the Crown.

The Star Spangled Banner needs all of us now to open our hearts and unite. Let’s honor the brave who died for that flag by getting democracy right.

Tom Crider

Southbury

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