It appears to me that Vladimir Putin and Russia have conquered America without using bombs or bullets. As the worldwide web has grown, they have harnessed its power by attacking the most cherished American freedoms of speech and what our press reports to we the people. Their efforts have changed the name of our beloved country from the United States of America to the Divided States of America.

We point fingers of blame for all this at each other. For some it’s blaming the socialist ideas of one political party or the fascist ideas of the other. Others point to immigrants as the source of all our problems. And some fear that white people will be replaced by those with a different skin color or a different religion.

These fears have resulted in protests in our streets and mass shootings using military-grade weapons and chants of a blind patriotism cry of the past: “America, love it or leave it.” If parents love their children enough to correct the errors they make rather than toss them away, then we, as the people of this great nation, must correct the errors we make. Nothing is resolved by defining an American as someone who agrees with you and demonizing those who don’t.

Some lawmakers in Congress are stuck in the 20th-century belief that a strong American military and bases around the globe will protect Americans from foreign attack. They don’t seem to comprehend that in the 21st century, a cyber war aimed at causing chaos, fear and conspiracy theories has crippled America and, without a single shot being fired, is destroying the very core of American liberty and darkening the beacon of freedom we’ve always been to the world.

More and more members of Congress seem to be more interested in keeping their cushy jobs than they are about the Constitution they swore an oath to uphold. The current majority leader of the Senate is seeking a seventh term of office and so unwilling to relinquish his power in government that he subverts the constitutional role the Senate has in our republic by blocking the consideration of legislation passed in the peoples’ House.

Having proudly worn the naval uniform of our beloved country, I weep as I witness its decline. Maybe it’s time to change our national anthem. Instead of singing about “rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air,” we should sing about fruited plains and brotherhood from sea to shining sea. The current anthem is about war. The latter is about what unites us rather than what divides us.

Are we a united country or a divided country? Each of us must decide. I hope we make the right choice. Until then, may God bless America, land that I love.

Kathy Frazier


‘What a great and convenient idea’


Good day, Willcox. Did you know that the City of Willcox has abandoned the first block of McCourt Street so the owner of the AZ Sunset Inn can have parking between his hotel and his sister hotel across the street? What a great and convenient idea, well at least, for the owner of the hotel.

I used to travel the little McCourt Street on my way to Arizona Avenue. The barricades up the last month have made that impossible, but I just assumed the city was working on the street like they have been doing in the area. I guess I shouldn’t assume anything anymore when it comes to the city.

It would make some sense to me if the road was a dead end street, but to block off a street that has access from Haskell Avenue to Arizona Avenue boggles my mind. The council made the owner of the hotel happy at the expense of the rest of the citizens.

Oh, sure, we have other streets to use, but it’s not the same. I used that street several times a week to get to where I needed to go, but I’m sure I’m the only one who used it. I would assume they conducted a survey to see how much the street was actually used. Oops, there I go assuming again!

Are several more streets on the butcher’s block waiting to be abandoned so the city can save a few pennies on maintenance? Didn’t the city have a street fund several years ago? Where is it now?

Courtney Gonzalez


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