Letters to the Editor

July 28, 2010

Study candidates to make informed decisions

To the editor:

Challenges. Most people's lives have many diverse challenges. For a school child it might involve being successful in school. For a young couple it might be balancing everything involved in starting careers and/or a family. At times middle age years might involve dealing with health issues. Mature years can bring many challenges.

It is often said it is not that you have challenges, but how you deal with those challenges that demonstrates your character.

Some believe that as you grow olderyour life becomes more settled. The people I come in contact with have a different story. With a struggling economy, more children and grandchildren are unable to exist financially, and have a need for family help. Some families are in a position to help, however many are not.


For at least 20 years following the end of World War II, the United States was the economic center of the world. Unemployment for the most part was low. That is history. Today global economic conditions change daily, if not hourly.

In this election year we need to elect candidates that have vision for the future. Right now in 2010 we are at a real crossroad. As time allows, study the positions of the candidates and make an informed decision on whom you feel can govern us in the future.

Meredith Fouche

Selfish attitudes are a serious problem

To the editor:

Kudos to Rodney Pearson Sr. (Only vote for those who will not run again) and Renee Rivera-Shafer (Will we become the lost generation?) for their letters published Sunday, July 25, on page A11.

Both point to a serious problem in our world today, "It's all about me."

Quotes from each include: "The truth concerning any issue appears to be far less important than 'winning' on that issue. My observation about our legislators from both parties is that the exercise of ego-driven power is of far more importance than conceiving and passing realistic and meaningful legislation for the American people," and "What happened to the morals, values, integrity and respect that the last generation displayed consistently?"

This "it's all about me" attitude, in some ways, can be attributed to today's mobile society that encompasses transportation and communication. We are constantly on the go with some device stuck to our ear.

How many of you spend time in your neighborhood and actually know your neighbors? The baby boomer generation knows about family and neighbors because we experienced it. Ask anyone from that generation and they will tell about the difference between then and now. Then ask them which generation they would rather their grandchildren grow up in.

It's your choice: Me, or family and meaningful/valued relationships.

Ronald F. Moats

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