Letter: Value gift of citizenship



With all of the “busyness,” distractions and responsibilities swirling around most of us in our daily lives, it can be easy to forget what a great privilege it is to be a citizen of the United States of America.

We have unalienable rights and monumental freedoms that are not only the envy of the world, but were unthinkable even in dreams throughout the bulk of human history.

I was so pleased to read the Oct. 17 Columbian online story, “Ridgefield students experience work to earn citizenship,” and give kudos to high school teachers Gregg Ford and George Black for their marvelous hands-on project, which impacted many students to more consciously appreciate their American citizenship.

I was fortunate to attend my father’s naturalization ceremony a few years ago, and was impacted even at a young age by the effort, time and cost that immigrants devote to attaining something that I was given as a birthright. My U.S. citizenship is a precious gift, paid for and defended by the lives of countless brave men and women to whom I am so grateful.

The more young people who are made intimately aware of the gift of citizenship, the better for all of us.

Chelsea Burunov