, Newburyport, MA


January 10, 2013

Backing away is easy

To the editor:

Do you remember when you were a baby and the world looked bright and very interesting? We didn’t have a care in the world! As grown-ups, many gave up those beautiful ideals of freedom, love, caring, sharing, not being serious and having fun. Where have we gone wrong? Why have we allowed ourselves to be harangued by others who tell us what to do, like when we were children. Slowly, we have let people with different values and ideas make us take a back seat or better still, intimidate to make us believe we do not have any worth or say!

We are a nation of people from many countries and groups and we could work together to have a government, “of the people, by the people, for the people,” and instead we retreat in apathy. We know the answers, some with religion, others other ways, but inside we all want to help and make life better. Let’s stop thinking of the moment. The future is the most fun, gives us promise of things to aim for and we can win together to make this a saner world.

Words are only words and cannot hurt us. Differences, disagreements and compromise are good and we should not be embarrassed to say our thoughts because this is what makes our country great! Your values are still right, whatever they are. Stand up for them and make yourself known. Feeling one would be blamed for an opinion is silly and wrong. Never back off from what you believe and your integrity is what you are fighting for and then happiness and peace will ensue.

An example was the shooting in Newtown. Devastating to the world, too! Then what happened? Gun people were blamed and this may not be the whole truth. This helped with a cause, but the real cause was underlying and that was, the shooter had a long-standing problem of depression and seemed to be treated with a quick fix, which would be a drug, poison going into his body and distorting his thinking even more. So, let’s look and not be led so easily by groups that want to solve an immediate problem and not look for the real reason, being that a person cannot function in society.

Many thanks for reading this and I would be interested in your comments. We must work for the good of all in society and not only for today, but for our future. We are all able people and can make a difference!

Lois Mann


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