The Pilot, the newspaper in Southern Pines, N.C., published a great op-ed from town resident Tom Goergen Sunday:

American ideals, at their best, push us to do the right thing, even when it is uncomfortable.

No country is or ever will be perfect. A constant struggle to improve marks our history, often allowing us to transcend our past and follow the “better angels of our nature.”

Our Founders didn’t get it right on slavery or women’s right to vote. Time and an enlightened sense of justice eventually prevailed.

Among our inalienable rights are those to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Not just for some, or for the majority, but for all.

Government establishes laws so the people of our society might live together in a measure of peace and tranquility to concentrate on the higher purposes of life, freed from constant worry about safety and security.

Being the cultural police is not a proper function of government.

It is long past time to end public discrimination on the basis of race, gender, creed, sexual orientation, shoe size or whatever we silly humans can come up with to classify and separate ourselves from each other.

Read the rest The Pilot.