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Letters, Jun 6

Time to stand up

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution state the principles upon which our nation was founded and that members of the government are sworn to protect and defend — that people are “created equal” and “endowed ... with certain unalienable Rights,” and that “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union ...”

These emphasize that the country is composed of the people, that there is equality among people, and that government derives “powers from consent of the governed” and was instituted to give all people “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” These imply that the role of governments is to create and maintain conditions for people individually and in groups to prosper and thrive and that we will have no aristocracy. These foundational documents do not endow any one office, person or group with the powes to make those decisions for “we the people.”

Donald Trump is antithetical (think anti-Christ) to these principles and practices. He, as president and enabled by Republicans in Congress, has decided that he alone should and can control the future of our country and we the people. It is time to stand up and say enough is enough.

Bruce Evans

Medford

A lethal legacy

We have “the greatest economy in the history of our country,” according to our most prolific liar. In fact it’s an illusion of prosperity, maintained by adding huge federal deficits to the $22.3 trillion we already owe.

That’s quite a legacy we’re leaving the kids: crushing debt and a world that’s been poisoned, plasticized, clearcut, strip-mined, greenhouse-gassed and otherwise fracked up beyond all recognition. Our failure to address these issues poses a far greater threat to America than immigration and terrorism.

This isn’t a matter of left vs. right; it’s about the nation’s long-term best interest vs. unbridled greed. We have a party of so-called conservatives who oppose conservation, led by a “reality” show host who denies climate change is real. They’re imperiling our children’s future for campaign contributions — that’s not pro-life. Meanwhile, both parties keep piling on the debt.

Once considered a vice, greed has become an ideology. If we continue living like there’s no tomorrow, there probably won’t be. A healthy society would be making life better for its offspring, not worse. As the proverb says, “We don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” Make America sane again.

Michael Steely

Medford

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