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LETTER: Making America great starts with love

To the editor:

I've lived in Alexandria for most of my life. Living here I've seen a lot of good and a lot of bad things.

I lost a classmate in high school because of bullies. I saw people go out of their way to help strangers from doing small things like pushing their cart back into a store for them, to big things like paying for groceries or volunteering around the community. I've been told horribly racist rhetoric about Somali people, and I've seen hundreds of people march down Broadway in support of immigrants and refugees.

I've seen a lot of bad, but it is almost always been outweighed by the good.

As people are becoming increasingly vocal about the things they hate, I want to encourage people to be different.

It's really easy to write about what is bothering you (I should know, it's what I'm doing right now) but it's more effective and beneficial to actually do something.

If you're worried about the undermining of morals in our country, then lead by example. Look at yourself, and see if there is anything bad in you that needs to be changed. Am I unkind? Am I selfish? Do I treat others the way I would want to be treated? Work on yourself, then help those around you, volunteer and be active.

I am of the belief that we talk about what we disapprove of to make ourselves feel like we are doing good, because doing good is often difficult and costly.

If you want to make America great, it starts with love. It's what has always made humankind great.

If you're looking for ways to help make our community a better place, check out Someplace Safe, United Way, Birthright of Alexandria, and Love INC. Those are some good places to get started!

Raven Larson

Alexandria, MN