The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Feb 4, 2023.
Recent opinion polls report that as many as 70% of Americans are not happy with the direction of the United States. Count me in that 70%.
I am unhappy that politicians are dismantling democracy. I am unhappy that legislators are threatening to shut down the Federal Government over the debt ceiling (paying for what we have already spent). I am unhappy about no action to register firearms. I am unhappy about the assault on public education by implementing vouchers, banning books and politicizing school boards.
I am unhappy about state executives attacking diversity, running their administrations like autocrats. I am unhappy about the loss of womens’ rights. I am unhappy about higher prices due to corporate greed. I am unhappy that people cannot earn a living wage or afford housing.
I am unhappy that we continue to fail to clean up our waters. Moving this county further to the right will not solve any of these problems. I am in the 70% who are unhappy with the direction of the country, but the reasons may not be what you think.
Greg Metge, Punta Gorda
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