To our readers: This July 4th, Star Tribune Opinion is highlighting letter-to-the-editor submissions answering the question above. Regular letters readers will know that this forum is often a venue for criticizing — rightly so — many aspects of American life. But today, readers share their salutes to the people, the qualities and the ideas of this country. The critiques, at least on this page, will resume tomorrow. Have a lovely holiday. Elena Neuzil, Letters Editor • • • It’s easy to believe America is well-defined: There’s a flag, 50 states and a handy launch date to celebrate every summer. Its centuries-old government has survived numerous conflicts and presided over a society that has grown and matured thanks in large part to its human capital, immense natural wealth and the willingness to embrace new ideas. Yet, America is not singular idea with an unbroken, continuous history. For centuries, indigenous peoples have thrived … [Read more...] about Readers Write: Why are you proud of the United States?
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) will run out of cash in five years. Postmaster General Megan Brennan shared this news in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee earlier this month. The immediate consequence of USPS becoming insolvent would be that the world’s largest postal system — which still moves 150 billion mail pieces per year, or 412 million pieces per day — would be dead in the water. This is something that has never occurred in the Postal Service’s long and storied history. If you think these primary effects would be devastating, the secondary effects would be catastrophic. More than half a million postal workers would be without wages. Magazine companies, which send millions of glossies per month, would be stuck trying to find local deliverers. Retailers — particularly those that sell via catalogs — would see their main advertising medium vanish. The paper and printing companies they work with … [Read more...] about Financial collapse of the United States Postal Service is coming
President Donald Trump has had very negative relations with the leadership of Puerto Rico: Gov. Ricardo Roselló and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz have been highly critical of his inadequate response to the Hurricane Maria disaster of 2017. Trump has complained that Puerto Ricans are “taking from the USA,” while White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley referred to Puerto Rico as “that country” on April 1—and Trump’s critics, including Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, have been quick to remind Republicans that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. In a brief but snarky tweet posted this week, Gillum wrote, “Puerto Rico is in the United States. Puerto Rico is in the United States. Puerto Rico is in the United States. Puerto Rico is in the United States” and said he was trying to “teach @realDonaldTrump something new today.”Not only is Puerto Rico a U.S. territory, but also, … [Read more...] about Andrew Gillum teaches Donald Trump a geography lesson: “Puerto Rico is in the United States”
The common names taxonomists have assigned to some animals can be quite confusing. For example, when someone hears the name American Toad, one might assume that the amphibian occurs throughout America. Yet, the toad can only be observed in the eastern half of the United States. Another example is the American Dipper. One might assume that this particular bird occurs throughout the United States, but it can only be observed in isolated pockets in the western U.S. However, one extremely common species of butterfly known as the American Lady does, as the common name implies, occur throughout America. The American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) is an aptly named butterfly whose natural range encompasses the entire continent, obviously including the entirety of Texas. It is one of four species of “ladies” to call Texas home, and it is arguably the most familiar. It appears to covet open habitats, although it can also be observed in semi-open scrub … [Read more...] about Wild About Texas: American Lady butterfly can be found all across the United States
Granjero, Texas (CNN)The woman says she had a "normal' life in Honduras' capitol -- a home, a job and a son she'd do anything to protect. The threat of gangs was always present, she said: in the past year, three boys from her neighborhood were killed for refusing to join MS-13. Then the violence came into her home and threatened to take her son, she said, leaving her no choice but to flee to the United States. Less than a week later, they were captured on the banks of the Rio Grande by an agent with US Customs and Border Protection. CNN was with a CBP agent when he encountered the mother and her son with four other migrants -- a man and his three-year-old son and two unaccompanied minors. Per CBP's order, CNN is not naming the migrants. They are among many families coming across the border each day, seemingly unaware of the political furor over their fate as they leave their homes fearing for their lives. Their clean clothes and relatively fresh appearance suggest they intended to … [Read more...] about MS-13 wanted to take her son, she says. So they fled to the United States.