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Be a part of something

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In the reporting of the violence and rise in suicide rates in our country, the causes always reflect back to the family, friends or mental issues.

I would say that the causes are a direct reflection on the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Because of the need to immerse ourselves in war (for our nation’s sake), we have created a double standard that children and many adults have difficulty in internalizing. We teach peace, dialogue and conflict resolution in our schools, but when students graduate and cannot find jobs, they join the armed forces and are taught to kill.

The income disparity in America is the worst among all industrialized countries. When workers’ wages are taxed at a higher rate than dividends and interest, this disparity only can widen. There is too much blame to go around, so instead of blame, let us correct the situation.

In a democracy (or a republic, which we are), if government is the problem, then we are the problem. The government is us. The cure is to strengthen civics in our schools, starting in the elementary grades.

When people feel a part of something grand, they will work to make it better.

This is already happening in our recycling programs; in our clean air, fuel-emission programs; and in others ways.

However, these programs will have limited effects unless we cure the big issues – lack of good-paying jobs in America and lack of hope for the future. Who is addressing these?

Donna Davis

Woodstock

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