Unhappy with direction of our country now

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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