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Regarding Paolo Milano’s March 18 letter, “Old-fashioned patriotism won’t fly”: I’m not insisting on blind acceptance of authority and self-sacrifice. I’m not a rightist, either. My point in my earlier letter is that everyone should appreciate what our ancestors have contributed in making our society better and try hard for the community to which he or she owes a lot, such as education and infrastructure.

That’s quite natural for a citizen of a country. Our leaders have made many mistakes in the past. But they were selected to be in a position to make the best decisions for the majority of people, not for everyone (that’s impossible).

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