To the Editor:
Most Americans would all like to live together peacefully, cooperatively, and equitably, with a minimum of suffering and a maximum of civil liberties, while investing in the future well-being of all. However, we are faced with many serious problems, including:
The proclivity of the U.S. to engage in warfare.
Environmental degradation, including pollution, global warming, depletion of natural resources, including water.
The decline of protection of civil liberties; government restrictions on personal decisions, such as whom to marry, abortion, and use of contraceptives.
Economic instability, inadequate regulation of the financial system.
Hunger and homelessness.
Health: inadequate care for the poor, inadequate preventive medicine, obesity, worry about the cost of serious illness, insufficient exercise, and addiction.
Growing disparity of income, facilitated by inadequate protection against economic exploitation, and excessive compensation to some.
A growing class of idle rich, facilitated by our heritance system.
Declining upward mobility, especially as compared to Western Europe.
The U.S. is rich enough to greatly reduce these problems, most of which have obvious solutions, but we are not addressing them effectively.
When you vote, you would do well to consider what the candidates propose to do about them.
Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester