Soldiers at the border
EDITOR: Do you remember Kent State University, when government officials labeled protesting students as terrorists and sent in the military? How many young U.S. citizens were shot that day?
Does it matter that a similar confrontation on the U.S.-Mexico border might turn out in the same way (“Trump: 15,000 troops may be sent to border,” Thursday)?
An election wish
EDITOR: May this election bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people over the longest period of time.
EDITOR: Yes, I am now an old curmudgeon — a title bestowed upon one who’s lived long enough to witness social issues come around for a rerun. Not in a circle but a spiral.
When I was a teenager in the 1960s, those who smoked dope to get high and stoned were those who had too much idle time and too much disposable income. With some exceptions, it’s probably 98 percent still true.
Once the sales tax was just above 3 percent. Like an economic cancer, the well-intentioned created simple quarter-cent increases to fund social issues that have evolved into embedded entitlement programs. Where are we at now? Almost 9 percent.
People claim to care about the environment, but we continue to measure progress by how much our environment can be covered by asphalt and concrete, adding highway traffic metering lights and forever increasing population density.
I still wait for a politician whose campaign isn’t financed by public unions and big developers; someone who has the backbone, in the interest of public safety and local preservation, to put up signs at our county lines indicating “max occupancy,” much like you see at restaurants and theaters. We’ve reached it.
EDITOR: Our longtime fear of Soviet communism has created a mindset so ingrained against anything remotely socialist that we have forgotten that Soviet communism ended in 1991. What has happened is that we have become an oligarchy more closely imitating the Russian form of privilege for a few than we seem to realize. We quite simply have conceded to those interests.
We have a corporate-owned government because we vote solely on slogans and appearances. We still have a vote — to a degree — but that will erode entirely if we give it up. Our power as voters will only last if we don’t concede that right and know whose interests we are voting for.
Ask a Russian how their last election went.
Mocking a veteran
EDITOR: I noted that in Monday’s People column you mentioned the extremely important and newsworthy Pete Davidson-Ariana Grande breakup on “Saturday Night Live.” I also noticed that you failed to mention that Davidson mocked veteran/congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw during the Weekend Update segment.
When a photo of Crenshaw came up, Davidson joked that he looked like a “hitman from a porno” due to his eyepatch, which he wears after losing an eye serving in Afghanistan. “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever,” he said as he laughed. “Whatever.”
Could it be because Crenshaw is a Republican candidate, or are liberal celebrities exempt from criticism when they mock a veteran? No wonder I don’t care much for the mainstream media.