Speaking My Mind: What do you think is the most significant problem of the 21st century?
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Sharon Faerber — Complaisant. We’ve given our country to the enemy.That enemy is the former and current administration, immigration and its lack of rules, schools that are failing our children because there are so many issues they must address besides the academics that should be the main focus.Global warming, what is it about people who still do not believe it’s a real threat. The list goes on and on, but I will again say COMPLAISANT.
Dawn Lincoln — The biggest problem has been the steady creeping away from the freedom and liberty that our founding fathers so carefully and methodically worked to protect. Too many of us have fallen down on the job of doing the eternal vigilance that they warned was essential to protect our freedom. I do not believe that all is lost though. New Hampshire has the ability to turn this around and take back the freedoms that have slowly been taken away. Registering to vote and voting for candidates who will protect your rights and respect the constitution will be a giant step in the right direction.
Valerie Madden — I think, along with other readers, that global warming is the greatest issue to date. I am not looking forward to the upcoming year for campaign slashing and promises to be unkept. This administration has not even recognized the problem until recently, if then. There is more concern for who will be in charge then of what will we do to help our future which is our children and our children’s future. To quote Peter, Paul and Mary, “When will we ever learn?”
Jill Herendeen — Lack of jobs which pay living wages–the direct result of Congress being beholden to corporate interests, probably; good jobs being sent overseas, or given to commuters from the third world (because they’ll work for less, as it costs less to raise a family that’s in Pakistan or wherever than it does in American suburbia). So both parents are FORCED to work for ever decreasing wages, while the cost of everything rises and the kids are being raised, so to speak, by bureaucrats, who are out to keep their own nonproductive jobs, and by TV and computer games, wherein basic decency is rare, if there at all. The teachers are too busy getting the kids, who come from essentially, if not literally, parentless homes, to jump through ever-increasingly more stringent academic hoops, so as to push more kids into Special Ed., so as to get extra funding for the school districts, so the taxes have to go up more, so the parents have to work more to pay for them, the better to disable theThe American Family (which might, if it had any time to itself, have more wherewithal to reign in unbridled gov’t). Together with the Bush Administration, and a Congress which goes along for the ride, giving tax breaks to the rich and starting wars of aggression to pour money into Haliburton et al.’s pockets…a scene created largely by voting fraud, via computerized voting machines, which are SO EASY to hack. High rates of immigration, even legal immigration, are fuel to the fire. The medical-industrial complex driving up cost of living and taxes to fill the pockets of Big Pharma. Basically, the wealthy have figured out legally how to rob everyone else, with the government to aid, abet, and enforce it. No wonder folks — the sort whom one would find in grocery stores — are short-tempered…
M. Monette — The Bush Administration…. I won’t lay it all on just one person. It’s the actions of a privileged group dismantling the Constitution at the expense of the people.
Robin Martin — I think the biggest problem is the over spending on everything. There is no balance. We have bridges falling apart. Schools are failing our kids even though the spending percentage is more than ever before in history and billions of American dollars are going to other militaristic governments or funding a war in the Middle East that we may never get out of. I don’t have the answers, but it’s a grim picture.
Michael Moen — The biggest problem is the lack of concern for other people. The focus is to much on self, not family, future generations, the world, people in other countries. We need to leave the attitude of what can I get for me now, who cares how and at what cost, and become more caring, kind and honest. Myself included.
JC Nowlin — Radicalism on both sides…too much hate and not enough people remembering that we are all Americans. And if I had my druthers someone would let the dopes in Washington know this is an English speaking country. And that it’s ok to believe in God. Sure I feel sorry for the folks who don’t speak English but can you imagine them going to France and demanding that they change their schools and include Spanish or Lithuianian or Polish or Italian as a separate language? If you live here you need to learn to speak English period.