America on unsustainable course

We desperately need to be promoting sustainability in all aspects of our lives, for our children, grandchildren, and if we get it right, our great-grandchildren. There are three spheres of sustainability, and they all need to be sustainable to make our combined futures successful. Environmental, social and economic sustainability all overlap and all need to support each other to ensure the future has every chance that we have had. Simple right?

Well, it is if we do one thing: Put our kids and grandkids first. Stop supporting those that promise to keep giving us more. Why? Debt. Currently we’ve racked up $65,953 in debt for everyone in the U.S. How long can it keep going? Hard to say, but what is clear is it is unsustainable. Need something to help you decide? Take a look at the U.S. Debt Clock. Look at what you owe. Nah. That’s no fun — can’t even read numbers that high.

OK, I’ll admit I could probably swim to England and have a cup of tea with the queen before this letter will change the upcoming election. But humor me and do a little research. After all, every one of us is sick and tired of all the ads we’re seeing and hearing, so why not do a little research. You might just change your mind about how you vote this year and feel good about it.

Pike Bartlett


What if mom was right?

It seems as though politics these days is a boxing match. Although the contestants change, the fighting and bitter remarks remain the same. Nastiness abounds. As conflicts arise, parties back into their respective corners of the ring, willing to throw as many punches as needed.

But what if our mothers were right? What if people treated others the way they wished to be treated? What if people listened before they spoke? Didn’t we learn that if you couldn’t say anything nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all?

From a young age, these notions were ingrained in us. But what became of these rules? And who is left to instill them in the future generations? What’s wrong with meeting over coffee and talking face to face? Or discussing our differences in a civil manner?

In the wake of recent political and religious attacks, working toward a more unified country is one of the best actions we can take. So what if our mothers were right?

Adelaide Valley


Trump deflects blame

Again! Blame the victims. Blame anybody who cannot defend themselves without appearing defensive and unprofessional, i.e. the press. President Donald Trump continues his rhetoric at rallies filled with people willing to take his lies and stories as facts. He claims the latest violence aimed at people who have in common a shared opposition to his policies, lies and rhetoric. He blames the press. Is he kidding?

The clips from his rallies prove differently. At rally after rally he has encouraged violence toward anybody who disagreed with him at the rallies and in general. “Lock her up!” chanted over and over. Lies repeated about everyone who questioned him. He has taken great care to undermine anybody who has spoken a truth about him that he doesn’t like. He has repeated lies so often about some that many of his ill-informed base now believe them as truths.

No, I don’t buy his excuses for these pipe bombs being delivered to his opponents. He has encouraged violence. He has encouraged acts of violence toward all who question him. Well, he now has what he has been asking for — in a tragic, big way. And of course, he will take no responsibility. How Trump of him.

Tonya L. Troiani


Privatization debate

I hear the comments from postal employees against privatization — that people will lose home mail delivery, home package delivery and UPS and FedEx package delivery. Well guess what? We do not get any of these from U.S. Postal Service.

I have to walk to the post office when I want to receive or check on my mail. Due to my age, I go to the post office about three times a week. Maybe I am a curmudgeon, but if I can’t have these services, I do not want others to have them.

Karl Austin


It’s not about Trump

This isn’t about President Donald Trump, though he has become the news cycle, created a dangerous social movement and now embodies America. Democrats and Republicans aren’t resurrecting this flawed democracy. They are complicit in a partisan, fantasy game of politics that is truly dangerous to any hope of meaningful public discourse.

Among Trump’s rivals, he is the one highlighting what increasing numbers of Americans now believe: that our country is in decline. The opportunities and safety nets that were there for the past generations are gone, while our leaders are more interested in the welfare of corporations and billionaires instead of the majority of citizens.

We must realize that the two dominating parties are not honestly concerned about the working-class folks who have lost meaning and purpose in their lives. Every day is a struggle to survive, and this has especially affected the lives of those who watched their jobs head overseas to increase corporate wealth. A significant number of them feel there’s nowhere left to go, and so they voted a tragic character into the White House who provides them with an alternate world of false hope.

Maybe, they think, he really is the one who can make sense of an unstable world and guide us through it. Maybe they are willing to take a chance on the country becoming more unstable, even if it is destructive or suicidal. Voting for Trump was an act of desperation in the shadow of a country in decline.

This is really about America, not Trump.

Linda Bennett