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Our Kind Neighbors Have Shut Their Doors

To The Reader’s Forum:

Oh Canada!

Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all of us command.

So begins the national anthem of our kind neighbors to the north. A land we Americans are no longer welcome in.

Canada is known all over the world for being open and friendly. Stand around looking confused in any Canadian city for a few seconds and someone will offer to help you. Walk into a bar, ask any question about hockey, and you will immediately have a boatload of friends. Canadians are like that. But in 2016 we started seeing apprehension from many Canadians about travelling to the United States. In a reaction to the American administration’s treatment of immigrants, asylum seekers, and non-binary persons many Canadian schools broke off long-standing relationships with their American counterparts and prohibited travel to the U.S.

Now, with the bungling of the United States management of the COVID-19 virus Americans are no longer permitted to cross the ‘longest non-militarized border in the world.’ American who are in Canada are looked upon with disdain and told to go home. That is how bad America has fallen under Trump. We are no longer welcome to vacation in Canada. That ‘open’ border is now closed to Americans.

The last refrain from their national anthem is:

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

They stand on guard against us.

Tom Meara

Jamestown

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