Letters to the Editor

What makes U.S. great?

A video on the Internet featured a three-member panel appearing before an audience of college students. One student asked the panel members what made us the greatest country in the world. The first panelist answered: diversity and opportunity. The second: freedom.

The third said we were not the greatest country because we are seventh in literacy, 17th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, fourth in labor force and fourth in exports.

We are, however, first in incarcerated citizens, first in adults who believe in angels and first in defense spending – more than all of 26 other countries, 25 of whom are allies.

Considering this information, it seems there are deep wrinkles in our American flag that can't be ironed out by merely waving the flag today on Flag Day.

Ray Hollmann

Fairview Heights