Letters: When did the permanent fracture in America begin? | Opinion


I hope we are through with the letters concerning the Notre Dame graduates who staged a quiet and dignified exit to show their displeasure with commencement speaker Vice President Mike Pence.

From my vantage point, the grads explained their positions with eloquence.

Their explanations did not move the “Yeah, but . . . “ crowd that continues to demonize them. In my mind, this speaks more about them than about the grads who walked out.

Let’s move on to a much larger issue: the permanent fracture of our country into two intractable sides.

I say “permanent” because our schism seems to parallel the division between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam — the two major denominations of Islam dating back to the aftermath of death of the prophet Muhammad in the year 632.

To be fair, the split in the United States differs in intensity, history and the amount of blood spilled. But make no mistake that Americans are entrenched into two hardened, inflexible positions.

My question: “How did it start?”

Being in my 81st year on this earth, I have formed some political views. If I could address Congress and our president, this is what I’d say:

1. Put back all the money taken out of our Social Security fund that has been used for other projects.

2. Investigate the drug companies. How can they charge 2,000 percent mark-up on medication?

3. Limit congressmen’s terms to two terms — no more career politicians. This would eliminate their retirement pay and their paid health insurance after leaving office.

4. Stop giving financial aid to countries that hate us.

5. Help our veterans, our disabled and our seniors. Charity begins at home. Our veterans deserve it, our disabled need it and our seniors have earned it.

6. Make our country safe. Do whatever it takes.

7. Stop the lobbyists. Your constituents should be the voices you hear, not the lobbyists pushing their agendas.

8: Scrap H1B bill. Our citizens should not have to train their replacements by foreigners to take their jobs. Jobs need to be retained by our citizens. This bill is used by companies to save them money.

I am happy to hear that our Common Council wants to try and help with our panhandlers in South Bend. I would hope they can get the money needed to start the process. Work for money then use the money for food. I drive past Michigan Street and Ireland Road every day. I feel it degrades our city. As Albuquerque, I also hope we will make sure these people have valid IDs. That is a must; we want to make sure these people really want to work for money and food. Many of these people are very young and have good legs to work, instead of standing and begging. I am sure most of them are fit to work. It would be very good to not see them begging. Thank you, council members.

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