Juneau parade was uniquely American

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I attended last week's Fourth of July celebrations and offer the following comments. The fireworks were the best I have ever seen. Great job. My family and I also watched the Juneau parade. I enjoyed and was impressed by the diversity of the entrants.

Service groups such as the Shriners and the Rotary club were present. The military was well represented. The fire department was there, and I especially enjoyed the marching band and the Philippine dancers. But I think what made the parade uniquely American were that the groups against the war and the current federal administration and those that support alternate lifestyles were able to participate.

I realize this is controversial for some, but I appreciate living in a country where expressing opinion in public will not land you in jail. For those of you that would like to see the parade censored for diversity, beware, because once we go down that road, one day it might be your views that are prohibited. Before you sharpen your pencils, I am not advocating "anything goes," I advocate for healthy public discourse on the issues of the day.

Greg Light


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