Letters to the Editor

What is the U.S. trying to accomplish?

As I listen to all the campaigns and media reports about political races, I have to ask myself, "What are we as a nation trying to accomplish?"

I would assume that foremost in the minds of most would be the fulfillment of everyday needs, for the greatest number. Things like food, shelter, clothing, health care, education. That in accomplishing a healthier populace, we would be free to venture forth on more philosophical ventures — world peace, prosperity, human-rights, these kinds of things. This however, does not seem to be the case.

Arguing about partisanship, raising campaign contributions, wordy speeches lacking content, and generally trying to make the other guy look bad rather than looking for a solution for our country’s woes, are much more important. How long can we afford to turn away and pretend that it just is not happening? I say that if you sit there having read this without becoming angry or ashamed or impassioned in some way, you are a weak coward, a non-patriot, and undeserving to call yourself an American. Henry David Thoreau spoke of the "Duty of Civil Disobedience," are you brave enough?

RAY ADKINS

Modesto

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