I am a native Virginian. I’ve lived here since 1972. I went to elementary, middle and high schools here in Virginia. I’m also a veteran of the Marine Corps and participated in the 1990-91 Gulf War. However, recently I’ve been treated like an outsider. Like someone others need to be afraid of. I’ve asked myself, why are people all the sudden treating me differently? And the only answer I can come up with is because our president is constantly telling people to be afraid of outsiders. He says that people that don’t look like him should be feared. This is terribly wrong. There are plenty of people in the U.S. that don’t look like Trump, yet are still very good Americans. I’m one of them.

My mother is from West Virginia and is Caucasian. My father is from Hawaii and is a mix of Hawaiian and Chinese. I’m a mix of these nationalities. So, I don’t have blond hair and blue eyes. But, I’m still a very good person. I help my neighbors whenever help is needed. And, I volunteer in my community to help make it a good place to live.

Please don’t fear people in your community that don’t look like you, just because we have a president who is not worldly enough to know that good people come in all “shapes and sizes.” I’ve always loved Virginia and the people in it. Let’s all make it through these tough times without unnecessary hate and fear.

With hope for the future,

JEFFREY K. SETO

SALEM

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