Sara Schilling’s obituary for George Ota (TNT, 2-18) was a wonderful tribute to an American. It continues to haunt me.
Sadly, many descendants of newer immigrants have chosen not to embrace their new country. Unlike Ota and his family, few seem to me to embrace the American ethic of hard work, education and self-reliance.
Almost all of us are children of immigrants who sacrificed a great deal to come to this country at some time in the past and we continue to reap the rewards of the work ethic taught to us by those sacrifices.
Ota and his family suffered grievous discrimination and loss, yet they and their children and grandchildren became stronger Americans neither asking for handouts nor complaining. They got to work.