Letters to the Editor

Letter: Don't cancel Halloween

To the Editor,

I was surprised and taken aback when I read that a certain school has canceled Halloween to avoid offending immigrant students. Sadly, these kids had looked forward to this celebration. A fall festival will be held instead.

No costumes, no candy. Immigrants bring their religions and holidays to this country - they are allowed to worship and celebrate according to their customs. And that's OK. Diversity and all that.

To cancel this holiday to protect certain groups who did not ask for protection and wanted to participate is another example of overreach. This is how bad things start in history - by taking away seemingly small stuff from citizens, all in the name of the greater good.

What's next? Canceling Mardi Gras (goodbye tourist dollars!)? Renaming the December holidays a "Snow Festival?"

I am an immigrant, in the states for close to four decades. I love American holidays, even if I was not familiar with them before. I will continue to watch parades and fireworks, and proudly wave my little flag.

Inga Norden

Richmond

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