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A Nation Of Immigrants

Published: July 06, 2018 at 12:00 am

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To the Editor:

Every year on the 4th of July, I think about how lucky I am to live in the greatest country in the world. Our country was founded by European immigrants who wanted opportunity without economic suppression or religious persecution. The founding fathers established our country as a place of religious freedom, of separation of church and state, so that everyone could be free to worship in their own way.

Throughout our history, we have had a steady flow of immigrants seeking life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, those unalienable rights guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence, celebrated on this holiday. My grandparents were among those immigrants. They escaped religious persecution, and like most immigrants, worked hard to make a better life for their families.

Immigrants have come from all over the world, from many different religions and cultures. As a citizen of this country, I am privileged to enjoy the benefits that have been created for me by immigrants. They built our railroads, dug our canals, and picked our produce. They brought us hot dogs, blue jeans, and basketball.

Immigrants and their descendants are integral to our great country, and I'm proud to welcome them to the land of the free.

Betsy Litt
86 Great Hill Road, Newtown July 6, 2018

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This Week's Poll

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
50% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (1 vote)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2