To the Editor:
The election season is in full bore. I ask my friends and neighbors to consider electing leaders willing to discuss critical issues. Contrary to what you are hearing, these issues really have little to do with the micromanaging of government, budgets, and taxes.
If your household, like mine, has had (public sector) layoffs, loss of retirement or other savings value, and higher prices for some consumer goods, then you tend to think of the ‘pocketbook’ issues.
This is a shell game by politicians as the loss of public sector jobs is often agenda-driven, 401k and other losses can be tied to unregulated banking mistakes and practices as well as global markets, and consumer good prices are primarily market driven. Some sectors are having record profits every year of late and are hiring steadily. Instead, ask elected officials and candidates to do what they can to address a crisis (our warming planet comes to mind first and foremost), support our best research minds, improve public education, help care for those in need be that health or home, and promote a culture of inclusion.
These are common sense American principles and the functions of our government at every level. If your candidate is essentially ‘anti-government,’ you are supporting those with little vision or creativity who, contrary to rhetoric, are ultimately restricting personal freedoms.
Please look around the world at those countries with highly functioning government services and those without. The wealth to poverty curve follows perfectly.
So please don’t let, and I paraphrase, Rome burn while Nero is fiddling around with paper clips.
Dann Adair, North Branch