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Tue, Jan. 28

Kingman Letter: Olympics show what we are

While watching this year's Olympics in Britain we see the epitome of what we as a country represent.

The women's gymnastics team is truly a microcosm of our United States dream. Team members are from American, African, Filipino, Irish, Japanese, Jewish, Lebanese and Puerto Rican descent, all here in the melting pot of our great country. Their coaches are from the Midwest United States, China and the former USSR, and the team coordinator is a former Romanian defector. As we watch their competition we realize how much of a team they are; sharing each others' wins as well as losses, always striving for personal excellence while each abets the others' slips and all without personal narcissism.

This is what makes the U.S. the greatest country on earth: Accepting - no, welcoming - people from all over the world to share that American dream of working together, each adding their strengths to the whole and all sharing in our accomplishments.

It is the "we" that makes it all work, the "we the people," the "we" of so many ethnic, social and belief backgrounds toiling in the goal of equal and just opportunity for all.

Danny Baker


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