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Enough is enough


Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Had enough? Tired of the war? Tired of the government seemingly helpless (or is it hapless?) to deal with the problems directly in front of them? Tired of paying taxes and not getting the bang for your buck you had expected? Tired of the "rich" getting richer and us normal folks not? Tired of bridges falling down? Tired of riding on roads that have more bumps and patches than smooth surfaces? Tired of the costs of routine living going up while your income does not? Tired of politicians telling us that they are on our side and will lead us to the land of plenty? Tired of TV pundits and talking heads analyzing everything about everything without shedding light on any subject?

Things are definitely out of control. Members of Congress seem to be more interested in scoring points and winning their "inside the beltway battles" than they are in reaching compromises that will benefit the majority of Americans. The state legislature and the Governor can't agree on major issues either.

It appears that members of Congress and members of the state legislature have lost sight that they work for us. We pay their salaries. We pay their health care, which is most likely more comprehensive than that of 90% of the people in this country. Is it too much to ask that they get some things done that benefit us all? Is it too much to ask that they stop their silly name calling and partisan BS and do something? Sure, one can say, "well, if you don't like what they do, then vote them out of office". But, by then it's too late. And, you have to start all over again, trying to break in a new guy.

What we need now is a concerted effort by everyday folks, you and me, to tell our representatives that we want action. You and I don't have to agree on what action should be taken on a specific issue. But, we should, we must, tell our representatives what it is we want. This takes work on our part. This requires that we have and understanding of some of the issues that are important to us and then let our representatives know. We can write letters, we can phone their offices, we can send them e-mails. It doesn't matter how they are contacted. What matters is that they have heard from us. If they are as smart as they think they are, they will listen. If we don't, if we continue to sit by and let them go on as they have been, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Alan Lipowitz lives in Peterson.

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