Shaking my head in bewilderment

Editor of the Reformer:

Thinking about President Obama's many speeches, I have to say, old liberal that I am, that I can hear the echo of my grandfather's voice. He was the immigrant to this country. He came here with a wife and two children. My mother was the first-born American.

My grandfather loved this country. He was grateful that he was able to work and raise his children above the poverty line. All of my aunts and uncles went to work in factories at a time when wages were high,unions were strong, pensions and health care guaranteed. Proof, my grandfather would say of the goodness of this country.

Such was his belief and he passed it on to me. I was the first grandchild to graduate from high school and go on to college. Yes, yes, I can hear you saying, but you are white. True, but if he'd stayed in England I'd probably be the totally downtrodden maid in Downton Abbey

My dream was that Obama's election would be a door for any child, whatever their color, to walk through. But there are so many that are threatened by this, trying desperately to keep that door closed. And so, instead of opportunity and growth, we get a narcissistic bully running for president. I ask you, who let his ancestors into this country? My grandfather taught me to love this country, but he also taught me to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." How did so many Christians forget that part? My grandfather would shake his head in bewilderment. As I do


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Lynn Martin, Brattleboro, Sept. 1