Citizen warrior

There are 5 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 3, 2007, titled Citizen warrior. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

It was a scene made for a 4th of July TV newscast: an auditorium filled with immigrants from 72 countries, all gathered to swear the oath of U.S. citizenship.

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Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Nov 3, 2007
While I don't support this war, I think you and your family are so fortunate that you have the love and respect to support Lance Cpl.Sergei Working in his choice to serve his new country in his way. My son did a year in Iraq, I hope that you all never experience that long dark time. He came home to his family and we all are just fine and grateful. Best to the Workings. Terrific story. Thanks
Marco Borg

London, UK

#2 Nov 3, 2007
"Russia is a good place to come from if you want to be grateful for all that the United States offers." Vladivostok? Perhaps, since Putin's reclamation of Russia for the Russians hasn't arrived fully in Russia's Far East - but it will.
"....when he looks at the shiny skyscrapers of Chicago or the French Quarter's balconies overhung with lush foliage" When I visited Chicago I was told I shouldn't even dream of going to half the city, then went to Detroit and was told almost all the city was dangerous and that if I tried to go to University there and a black man or a Mexican applied also, the latter would get 20% of the total marks before he even wrote or said one word. I don't know about the French Quarter but New Orleans looked like a standard African city in the flooding.
If Sergei likes shiny new skyscrapers he should go to Dubai, Shanghai or Moscow. But if he wants to see architecture he should go to San Petersberg. As a European I feel he has been deprived of his heritage. Not just architecture. Russia's literature, amazing history and enormous size. I myself feel insecure in America's larger
cities with their ungraceful architecture. Not to mention its music - criminal three note music sung by real criminals. And have you watched America's TV programmes especially the reality TV ones?
Pat Hickey

Chicago, IL

#3 Nov 4, 2007
God Bless You!
B Jackson

Chicago, IL

#4 Nov 4, 2007
As the daughter of an immigrant who went through many hurdles to become a citizen of this country, I have to say that I too have seen firsthand the appreciation of what we have. Yes it is flawed, but still we can choose to make changes not just try to survive the whims of aristocracy, dictators & theocratic designees.
Ignore those who feel the need to denigrate Sergei's choices because they are different from the ones others might make. Let Mr Borg try to assimilate those who are nay-sayers to his negative world-view.
I for one am proud, despite our flaws, to be a citizen of the U.S.A. Give our congratulations and best wishes for the future to your step-son for us.

Tulsa, OK

#5 Nov 12, 2007
perhaps mr. borg needs to stay in england

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