Letter: Proud to be liberal

What do they mean by "liberal"?

Why can this word sometimes now hold a negative connotation when referring to certain people?

My electronic dictionary states: Liberal: "not stingy, narrow or conservative. Adjective: marked by generosity and openhandedness."

One of our great presidents, John F. Kennedy, said: "If by a liberal, they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people - their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties - someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'liberal,' then I am proud to be a liberal." (Google "JFK quote" for entire quote.)

The group "opposite" from the "Liberals", referred to as "Conservatives," according to the dictionary, are "maintaining the status quo, cautious, tending to resist or oppose change."

I learned long ago, the only thing permanent in life is change. If we are to improve our lives, we have to accept change, we have to go out on a limb - the fruit of the tree is not on the trunk.

Marrion Steele

Bullhead City