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November 6, 2013

This ongoing debate still leaves confusing questions to answer

I have been reading the commentaries posted by R. Steele Selby (“Minimum wage hike would be beneficial,” Sept. 24; “Where does value end and selfish greed begin?” Oct. 22); and David Kiriazis (“This is how it really works,” Sept. 29; “Reader provides answers about economics,” Nov. 3) and have found them to be more politically driven than informative.

It’s been my experience that stats and quotes can be “cherry picked” to support whatever beliefs one chooses.

With that being said, I am left confused and with some questions for the two men or any readers willing to share their thoughts.

1) With the economic disparity between the rich and the poor continuing to grow, how do we find some balance between corporate profits and the wellbeing of the employees who participate in generating such success?

2) Considering the power that money has in influencing the “no term limit” politicians that form our government, have we not become more capitalistic than democratic? If so, what do we do about it?

3) Since the institution of the Federal Reserve and its board as the government’s main creditor, have we doomed ourselves to better serve an aristocracy than a democracy? If so, what do we do about it?

4) How much has lack of regulation of Wall Street, the banking industry, funding for EPA, FDA and education contributed to our world’s slow decline into the proverbial “crapper”? If that is the case, what do we do about it? “Mob rules”?

5) Last but certainly not least, how do we become “one” as was intended by our forefathers and a power greater than “me”?

Finger pointing name calling and assigning blame seems fruitless as demonstrated daily by political factions and their associated media outlets.

The only outcome seems to be vehement divisiveness. Divided we fall.

Can we write in and start to brainstorm solutions, ask questions about issues we do not fully understand, engage with each other as though we truly cared and unite around what we find in common?

Could it be that if we acted in such a way our differences would gradually disappear?

Please, like the tree falling in the woods with no one around to hear it … Oh … OH! … AHHHH! … CRASH! ... little help here? … Anybody?

Richard Harvey

Cumberland

 

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