We could lose our way
Twenty children are murdered in school while sitting innocently at their desks. A Navy shipyard massacre evolves less than a mile from the White House, and no serious gun control debate follows. Congress continues to stall with only a 6 percent approval rating and still refuses to do its job. One political party threatens the viability and sanctity of our country by threatening a government shutdown. A man runs toward police seeking help and is cut down. Teachers cheat and forge grades in our schools just to get a raise. Black and white racism on our streets abound. Three women are kidnapped and hidden right under the eyes of nearby neighbors.
When considering the above, we have to ask ourselves, what kind of country do we want to live in?
Never before has our nation faced this kind of danger — the danger of losing its identity, courage and, above all, its reputation as a peaceful place to live in.
I know one thing, if we don't reverse course soon and effect positive change away from the brutal and savage country we have become, we will lose our democracy so many before us fought so hard to preserve.
Ralph J. Montonaro