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Walter Manuel

"What if instead of seeing Juneteenth as an African-American holiday we see it as part of our pursuit of a more perfect union? How does it change the conversation about the potential of a national celebration if the conversation became less about us and them and more about we"?

With all due respect Mr. Collins, what happened to "We" thinking about Easter and it's significance today and not a celebration that's still two months away?

Perhaps this movement of "moving others away from us and them to we" would be achieved much faster when events such as Juneteenth that you suggest doesn't overshadow what most of us is celebrating today and that's honoring the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Let's not forget that there's a reason and a season for everything. Happy Easter!

Evelyn Clark

MM stop trying to start confusion. You do not have to take part in Jubeteenth but you can not stop someone from wanting to celebrate our rights of freedom as American citizens. Behave yourself and come have some fun. [beam] [beam] [beam]

Samuel Collins III

I have no control of when the paper ran the guest column. The column was submitted over a week ago. Call the GCDN and complain to them. The first line in my guest column says "In a little over two months..." which clearly points out I wrote it befire April 19th. It was actually posted online as early as April 12th. MM do you really care about Easter? It seems as though you just try to find something to complain about. Of all the articles, letters & guest columns in the paper today the only one you suggest trying to overshadow Easter is my guest column on Juneteenth. Did you submit a guest column on Easter and why it is so important to you?

Walter Manuel

Mr. Collins, there's nothing more important leading up to "this week" that would cause me personally to not reflect on the celebration of our savior Jesus Christ who was willing to die on the cross for ALL of us and was willing to shed His blood so that "we" could have our sins forgiven and have eternal life.

I think I'll reserve myself from further commenting since you obviously missed the point.

Have a blessed day sir....

Lars Faltskog

Well, more folks have time to read columns and such on holidays. A very good venue for Sunday (yesterday) to talk about Juneteenth. Never too soon.

And, I for one, am planning on what to do for Forth of July - a big blowout with hot dogs. I'm also sure there's people getting an early start on some good Christmas/Holiday shopping deals.

Oh, and I need to find out what to get Mom for Mother's Day. That's just around the corner! Then, in June comes National Lobster Day.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Why has the liquor and greeting card cartel failed to sink their greedy talons into Juneteenth the way it has Cinco De Mayo and St. Patrick's Day? Come to think of it, why are Pulaski Day, Lafayette Day and Columbus Day not similarly degraded by association with drunken fools and maudlin sentiments by Hallmark?

What is Juneteenth's secret to avoid this ignoble fate for their people and how can all ethnic and racial groups benefit by example?

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