Politicians require constant feedback
Are we to assume? Many people read something, anything on the Internet and assume it to be true. We go to the polls and vote in (hire) our representatives, assuming they will write laws that are in our best interest. Guess how many employers will hire someone off the street to write their company’s policies or by-laws without having any input? Doesn’t make sense, does it?
Communication has never been easier. Call, write or send and email your representatives to let them know what you think and want for America. We should not assume after voting that we have done all that is necessary or required to have the kind of America we want. If we do, then the politicians will assume they know what is best for us and what we want.
BRUCE BUCK Fort Wayne
U.S. rapidly backpedals from King’s ideals
Whose dream are we living now? Martin Luther King once dreamed that every man, woman and child in the United States of America would have the freedom to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness equally. We’re not there yet.
We’re slipping further and further away from King’s dream for the highest ideals to which we can aspire and have instead begun to plunge headlong in the opposite direction. The high road to a better America for us all, the hope in King’s dream, is being gouged out of the minds and hearts of Americans, replaced by an opposing dream bereft of hope and severely lacking in equality.
In place of King’s unifying vision for us is an emerging repugnant dream filled with nightmarish deep divisions among us.
Someone’s dream is to take the food out of the mouths of 3.8 million Americans, including 170,000 military veterans. Rep. Marlin Stutzman calls this the real world. He misses a fact that must be inconvenient for him, which is that people need to eat real food in the real world.
Someone’s dream is to deny our right to affordable health care, which is the law of the land. Someone’s dream is to saturate our communities with weapons, causing us to live under the constant threat of violence. Community arms races are taking place all across America with no end in sight. Someone’s dream is to shut down the U.S. government. Someone’s dream is to keep the impoverished impoverished. By refusing to lift the minimum wage and by blocking all efforts to put America back to work, the have-nots will continue to be have-nots.
I could continue with reproductive rights, marriage, climate change, on and on, but the bad dreams are just too many to list here. As dreams go, some are good, some are bad, and some are horrific. But none are more horrific than the dreams that destroy hope, and that’s exactly what is taking place in the dream that we are living now.
Whose dream are we living now and what role are we playing in it?
LEN MAYDWELL Huntington
Conservatives keep U.S. from third-world status
In response to Ron Pandoff’s letter of Sept. 20 (Coulter speech reveals hate-filled motivations), I have two words: Boo Hoo. He and the liberals do not tolerate independent thoughts or ideas. Conservatives must be crushed when they do not conform.
Liberals try to destroy people like Ann Coulter, but they will not succeed. This has never been a nation of conforming ideas, but one of independent thought.
What is sad is that liberals think they are the chosen ones, yet they are driving this country to third world status and conservatives will fight them all the way.
WILLIAM R. TROEHLER Fort Wayne