New Year’s resolutions are personal, but I would like to offer one to the entire world. Many of you dream of living in the United States. Certainly the number greatly exceeds the entire current population of the country. In 2018 be resolved to come here legally. Ask our permission to immigrate.

We are a compassionate people and we will listen. We want to hear that you embrace our values, because this should be why you want to be here. We ask you to learn our dominant language and respect our cultural norms. We value diversity, but in the end America is a melting pot, E Pluribus Unum. It has to be, for without a common purpose we are not a great country. Happy New Year to all.

Jeffrey McConnell

West side

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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