Freedom is respect
Joan Le Grand’s letter (“The enemy within,” May 15) frames our government as the enemy. That is not an accurate characterization. Do you remember the bombing in Oklahoma City, the shooting of a Holocaust Museum guard and the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr?
We, citizens of America, frequently distort the positions of our government. It is we (not the government) who become enraged, uncivil, corrupt and commit illegal acts of violence against both our government and the public.
Thinking times were ideal years ago is deceptive. Nostalgic memories gloss over the bad. The Great Depression brought crime, extreme poverty and hopelessness. World War II gave us rationing of gas and food and the loss of millions of lives. The Vietnam War era turned this country into a battlefield.
What is it that we hold dear? It should be freedom of speech, freedom to live with clean air and water and freedom to an education. Freedom is respect for each other and our government.
Our government is imperfect, as are we. However, it is not the enemy. The title of “enemy within” belongs to American citizens who do not vote, who promote falsehoods and deny freedom to others.
Impact of veterans
As we approach Memorial Day, on which we honor those who have gone on before us, we need to especially remember those who made the supreme sacrifice in defending their country. This veterans salute, although previously read by many, is well worth repeating:
It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the veteran who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and often lies beneath the flag.
San Luis Obispo
Lobbyists and mafia
Lobbyists are the voice of big money that people use to bribe our elected politicians to vote for what the big money wants.
And they do.
Why is that legal? Doesn’t the mafia do that too? A payoff to have things their way?
Seems as like some of our elected officials can be bought to do favors.
David T. Manion