Get a grip
In response to Louise A.’s letter in the Annie Lane column of Aug. 17:
Whoah, Louise A. Back up! Get a grip!
There’s a whole group of us seniors in the world of old. We’ve all gone through the emotions of denial and anger. When we finally reach the place of acceptance, the world finally seems like the friendly spot we used to know.
Count your blessings that you have and can still do. Most of us are widows or widowers. We cannot walk any distance without pain. We cannot even go to church for lack of transportation. The sooner we get to acceptance, the better off we and those around us are.
We take pride in the belief that one of the things that made our nation great is a system designed to encourage principled disagreements so that people could achieve consensus through reasoned debate.
Like a French philosopher put it, “I disapprove of what you say, but I’ ll defend to the dead your right to say it.”
But it is obvious that widening social, racial and political divides in the country in recent years divides that fester with animosity, as shown by the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. While violence, bigotry and hatred in any form must be condemned, it is also imperative to identify the root cause of all these problems because they show something is wrong.
It would be oversimplifying the facts to attribute all the social problems in the country to a single person or certain groups, but the Virginia violence is just one symptom of a severe sickness.
There is no easy cure to remedy the wrongs, but to start with a little soul-searching may be a step in the right direction.
The first step
Thanks for sharing the class reunion information. (‘Class Gatherings: Aug. 15-17’ in The Daily News, Aug. 15, 2017) I have my 50th this year, and all of these gatherings are a testimony to our opportunity in America to get a free education. Unfortunately, 263 million children and youth are out of school in our world. Thanks to Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for co-sponsoring the House Resolution 466, promoting quality education for countries in poverty. This will be done by the U.S. supporting the Global Partnership for Education. This resolution is the first step toward giving millions more children a chance to go to school. When children are educated, their health improves, earnings increase, birth rates go down, and there is less conflict. Thank you, congresswoman, for taking a step to create a better world.
I was a little disappointed when the commissioners turned down the needle program. I helped start that program. I am glad to see the the Family Health Center will take it over. That’s awesome. To you critics of the program, get over it. It is not going away. Thanks, Dian Cooper, for taking over the program. I am sure you folks will do a great job.
Ray Van Tongeren
Well, he’s at it again. Gov. Inslee just imposed a tax on bottled water. We need a new governor. I am tired of his politics. I hope when election day comes, we will elect a new governor. He just sits around thinking of ways to get more money. I am sick of it.