To the Editor:
After laughing through the latest Ice Age movie, I couldn’t help but see a darker message about my own life.
Scrat could be me or any middle class parent chasing the elusive dream of a better life for our children. Scrats chasms and mountains represented in our life by our insecurities about our jobs, our businesses, healthcare costs, tuition, house payments, retirement – you name it!
Just when we think we can harvest that golden acorn – puff… reality snatches it away.
Then there are the “sirens” in the ocean – our politicians. And their sweet alluring music that confuses us with its linguistics and mesmerizes us with its distortions and scares us into belief.
“If we just lower taxes and reduce spending” or “if we just raise taxes and spend more.”
And finally, our political parties – the giant chimp steering the boat that no one wants to talk about. The two percent of our population that carves out voting districts and then provides a slate of sufficiently crazy liberals or conservatives that we get to vote for leaving us two political continents drifting further apart each election cycle.
And here I thought it was the popcorn I ate during the movie that gave me heartburn….
Wade Vitalis, Shafer