In response to a letter by Nick Balandiat of Baldwin Borough ("Politically Obsessed," Aug. 30): I am the registered owner of the SUV with the stickers mentioned in his letter. I don't think he appreciates the freedoms and liberties he possesses as a citizen of the United States of America.
As I am of Native American heritage, many family members over several wars in several countries, including this one, have given their lives and limbs fighting for your right and mine of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of religion. I am not a Republican; I am a constitutionalist with conservative leanings. I am passionate about our country, about my Christianity and love of my family.
I stand up for this country at 74 years of age. My working years are long gone. Mr. Balandiat's letter is only one of four or five negative responses I have received since 2007 when those stickers were placed on the vehicle. I am proud of the fact that I have the fortitude it takes to fight for my beliefs. Although I do not fully agree with the Tea Party, I acknowledge their right to their opinion as I do Mr. Balandiat's.
The blank spot to the left of the rear windshield wiper is what is left of a sticker that read, "God Bless America." It is the only sticker ever destroyed by someone who disagrees with me.