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Letter: Don’t let fear, greed rule ballot box

Posted: May 10, 2018 2:55 p.m.
Updated: May 11, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Edmund Wilson once said, “No two persons read the same book.” It struck me that no two persons see the same news coverage. We look through the lens of our own experiences. Too many people see through fear of financial ruin and cannot bear to share with others. Others see through ill-gotten financial gain and cannot bear to see that sense of well-being diminished. Although I do not believe in the mantra, “Things used to be great” or that “our country is falling apart,” I do fear that greed and drive for power have become more pervasive. We all love the idea of early pioneers helping neighbors build their houses, and we smile to see neighbors bring food and physical aid to the sick.  We love stories of helping.  But we now live in a country with teachers afraid to be in the classroom, women afraid to walk alone, workers afraid of homelessness, men afraid of being wrongly accused, children afraid of a climate of testing and recrimination.

We are ill-informed. Because we are afraid and too lazy to do our homework, we have chosen sides and believe the politicians who say ever so insidiously, “Fear each other. Vote for me.”

We must not! We must vote for fair taxes. We must demand clean air and water, individual and civil rights, first class education, a democracy in which every vote counts.

South Carolina has only Republican senators and representatives except for Mr. Clyburn. Let’s vote the other ones out and see what happens.

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