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Newest citizens happy with ‘bears and no crime’

Marija B. Vader
Grand Junction correspondent
Aspen CO, Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” Han Sarah Glickman wiped tears from her eyes after taking the oath to become an American citizen on Thursday at the federal courthouse in Grand Junction.

The native of the People’s Republic of China was given an American flag and her certificate, and then she blew a kiss to her husband sitting in the audience, and mouthed the words, “Thank you.”

On a patriotic morning, on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, 22 foreigners became American citizens in Grand Junction.

Later, when the new citizens were given an opportunity to tell their story, Glickman said she grew up northeast of Beijing, China, and came to the United States 11 years ago. She thanked “everybody, especially my husband, who gave me this wonderful life.”

Another Aspen resident, Jolanta Weiss also was sworn in as an American citizen Thursday morning, on “a special day … a sad day,” she said.

Weiss lived in Poland on Sept. 11, 2001, waiting for permission to emigrate to the United States.

Wondering about her safety, friends asked her, “Do you still want to go?” Weiss recalled.

But terrorists can attack anywhere, and she feels safe in Aspen.

In Aspen, “We only have the bears and no crime.”

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