To the editor:

I just completed reading weekly contributor Gary Parker's latest composition. With the exception of his love of friendships and baseball (noted in 2019), I rarely agree with what Parker writes. This week's entry, however, captures another area we share – love of country. I truly love my country – our heritage, our history, our people, our ideals, our Constitution, our sovereignty and the fact that we have stood strong as the beacon of hope and freedom for the rest of the world. These items, among others, allow us to understand what has separated us from other countries. Admittedly, we have not been flawless, but we have weathered our storms, surviving and thriving as a people.

Once beyond our shared love of country, Parker and I part ways in our thoughts and beliefs as to the origins of our current problems and what those particular problems might be. Over the past few decades, I personally believe we have drifted away from having elected and appointed officials in our system who take their oaths of office seriously – that being to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States."

The U.S. was established as a democratic republic, not a pure democracy. The key difference in these two forms of government lies with the protection of minorities. In a democratic republic, "a constitution or charter of rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government." In a pure democracy, "the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority." Lately, we have witnessed an erosion of beliefs in and use of our Constitution by those empowered to represent us.

By the way, I too love "Old Glory," the flag that many, not President Trump, are now choosing to fail to honor along with our beloved National Anthem.

Eddie Regan

Thomasville