Connect the dots of recent news stories
Editor: Reading The Record is like playing connect-the-dots. A long story in the Jan. 2 issue treated panhandling merely as an exercise in free speech instead of a survival mechanism by desperate people. It wasn’t until the last sentence of the last graph that we find a plea to address the underlying causes of homelessness.
On page 12A, an [Associated Press] story reminds us of the opioid epidemic that is ravaging the working class. President Trump acknowledges that it is a public health emergency. Trump promised to be the president of the “forgotten” working class, yet he “directed no new federal money to deal with a scourge that kills nearly 100 people a day.” It seems he forgot the suffering of his base. Connect the dots.
Furthermore, a cartoon on the editorial page celebrates the new “tax reform” law as freeing the economy from taxation. A policy of exacerbating dangerous income inequality by shifting income from the working class to the top .1 % and cutting health insurance to 13 million people isn’t going to improve the lives of working people, or treat the misery of poverty, homelessness, and the opioid epidemic. Connect the dots.
On Pitts, Rawls and monuments …
Editor: Thanks so much for starting 2018 with another racist column by Leonard Pitts and a front page piece on Rev. Ron Rawls and his campaign to remove Confederate statues. We do not need these “no compromise” stories or Hillary’s theme of resistance to start a new year. It is past time to relegate this divisive ideology to the trash heap and move forward to find common ground that benefits all people - not continually driving wedges between them.
I expect better of The St Augustine Record in 2018.