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Headlines should reflect values, beliefs of citizens

| November 23, 2021 1:00 AM

I need to take issue with whoever wrote the headline on the front page of the Nov. 11 Daily Bee: “Holiday is met with reluctance”. When I read the article, three or four people were quoted who were seemingly reluctant to celebrate two of the most amazing and wonderful things that ever happened in our American history: the end of the deadliest war in American history, the American Civil War, and the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves after our country had enslaved them for hundreds of years.

I believe the holiday Juneteenth should have been established long ago, and I think the vast majority of Americans believe the end of our Civil War deserves a national celebration. I also believe the end of America’s criminal enslavement of a group of people for over 200 years based solely on race is the perfect reason for a national holiday. Please give careful consideration when headlines are written that reflect the values and beliefs of Bonner County citizens, and not what a few people in attendance at a meeting might say.

STEVE JOHNSON

Sagle