It's time to take a moment and clear our heads. As a community we've let politics enter into the annual celebration of the birth of this great experiment in democracy.
In 2012, there were boos as the PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) entry marched by the grandstand, a campaign float won the prize for Best Theme beating out other qualified entries, and the parade announcements at Blair and Spring included biased political commentary.
Is this the way the San Juan Island community wants to celebrate Independence Day?
Let's not let the holiday celebration in Friday Harbor change from the traditional big, noisy, colorful, all-inclusive celebration of the birth of this nation.
Let's laugh and cheer as the big ole' float Bob and his family created chugs by.
Let's keep our mouths shut if someone else's lifestyle offends us.
Let's express our political beliefs by cheering as our candidate or party's entry parades past.
Our community has always celebrated this great experiment in democracy with a great party with everyone welcome. Let's keep it that way.