October 2, 2008
Letters To The Editor
Response to letter:
Question, where is the racial unrest, where is/are the large protests (in Mississippi), where is the blood in the streets, looting etc.? I haven’t seen any. Racial unrest is a strong word to use.
Senator McCain has nothing to do with your argument over “sharing the wealth.” Let’s get to the root of what you want, income re-distribution. Personally, I do not aspire or condone to socialism, which you are propagating with your statement. I do agree with your assessment that poverty has played a large part into the racism that continues to haunt most of America.
But, in the here and now, the United States of America, is still the best example of having personnel freedoms to choose to excel if you wish to. With education, the sky is the limit. The problem is that not everyone wants to succeed to the extent of being noticed. Most citizens of the USA just want to be comfortable in their lives and their families’ lives.
All that most people wish to have is a stable life without strife and hardships. This takes work, dedication, and a sense of community. Not that many countries in this world can make this happen.
Dredging up old wrongs and speaking of “restitution” either directly or by taxes is not the way. A sense of entitlement and racial unrest will result if these thoughts come to fruition. A prime example is in the area of the Baltic area of Europe and the Middle East. We do need to remember history so as not to repeat it. Prosecute the criminal elements of society fairly (justice is blind). Help the down-trodden, lift up the helpless, protect the weak, and educate the ignorant.
If we do these things in our lives with the stability the USA can provide, the poor will be lifted from their poverty. I have seen my generation do this to a certain extent. My schoolmates are better off than their parents were; I certainly am. You cannot force people to educate themselves or to better their own lives.
Voting system concerns:
I have doubts with the voting machine and wonder why there is no paper trail or something I can have in my hand to show exactly who I voted for and ensure me that my vote was counted. If people can steal your identity, Social Security numbers, wipe out your checking account and even hack into someone’s e-mail, I fear our voting machines could be programmed or fixed also.
So what good does it do for us to vote when there’s a chance this could happen? This election is so critical to everyone, we need the assurance that every vote will be counted properly.
Something also needs to be done about the voting precincts being so far away for some people. With the price of gas, we have to drive 20 miles to and from the precinct to vote. I hope this doesn’t keep some people from voting.
P.S. Thanks, supervisors, for selling us out to the big logging companies.
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