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Letters to the Editor: Enough!

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The behavior of the Executive and Legislative branches of the government during the recent debate on raising the nation’s debt limit is a clear example of complete dysfunction in two of our nation’s highest governmental entities. 

It is abundantly clear that the vast majority of federal and state politicians work to further their own perceived benefit at the expense of the hard working middleclass men and women of this great nation. 

The retired, the disabled, the poor (working or not) and the children of today were and are given little priority in the halls of Congress.

We, the people who are not elected to or work for the government, must begin to care far less about politicians and instead focus our attention on ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors, our communities and last but not least, our great nation.

In doing so we need to accept as fact that elected federal and state representatives will and/or don’t know how to restore “hope for the future” to our culture, so desperately needed during our current social, political and economic decline. So, we must assume this great task ourselves, personally and collectively. 

But by excluding all politicians from this endeavor, the path will be easier than it appears.

Let us remember what the late Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: “Genius can inspire others to recast our institutions, remould our manners, and regenerate faith in ourselves.”

Ray Gattavara

Auburn, Wash.

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