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Defining Patriotism Richard Stengel's "The New Patriotism" was helpful in understanding the theme of this presidential election [July 7]. Upholding American ideals makes us better, but candidates tend to look for hot buttons to create fear. We need a definition of patriotism that recognizes our nation's proud heritage but sees how much better we can be. Steven A. Ludsin, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y.

Nowhere in Peter Beinart's article did I see mention of the word nationalism, which is what much of far-right patriotism really is. It is not healthy to say, "I love my country, right or wrong." I love my country...

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