It is heartening to discover that citizens of Juneau believe the Fourth of July is a "celebration of independence from some of the oppression that our forefathers fought and died for ... (Letters, July 10)."
It is unfortunate that many people feel that this same independence only applies to certain groups.
You may not have liked seeing people with opposing political views or those that support "the gays" (Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays, the Unitarian Church) in the parade. You may not have liked seeing businesses touting their wares. You may not have liked seeing the Democratic Party represented. You may have something against Elvis.
However, it was and is the right of these organizations and individuals to be there. That is what the First Amendment, which was written by the nation's founders (to some, our forefathers), stands for. The veterans who participated in the parade fought for that right. Do not trivialize their sacrifices by asking to reserve these rights for a privileged chosen few.