Keep their feet to the fire

To the Editor:

Mission accomplished. Replacing heartless Republican representatives (we’ll get the rest next time) with Democratic ones is step one. Now to finish the job. How do we do that? Keep all their feet to the fire. Let them know that their reelection is dependent on how they serve us. If they don’t, we’ll kick them out and elect ones who will.

This effort and work requires unity among we the people. There is no time for partisan bickering. Both major parties try to “divide and conquer” by getting us to fight each other while they steal our money, make war in our name, destroy our environment and crush our dreams. So what can we do?

First of all, we keep informed. Not about the wedge issues they use to distract us, but about what they are doing and how this really affects us. You know what I mean. They lower taxes and give the money to the rich, but we should make them raise taxes on the rich and use the money for infrastructure, health care and education. We also need to make them drastically reduce our evil military actions and spending, and redirect the money to the employment of people to make America better.

As Alice Walker said, “Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.” I don’t know about everybody else, but I am dreaming about a society where everyone shares in our abundance, where people live in peace and harmony, and where our government supports us in living well and realizing our dreams. Let’s keep their feet to the fire and get it done.

Phil Nichols

Groveland

Don’t limit music instruction

To the Editor:

As a musician, I have decided to leave the playing of Christmas music to others. There’s already plenty of it everywhere you go, sometimes maybe too much. But overall, in all its forms, it makes people happy.

In fact, it is a big part of our involvement with the season as it touches a range of our emotions. From deep spiritual devotion to flirtatious humor, there are favorite tunes for everyone. It should make us appreciate the importance and power of all music in our lives.

We should keep that in mind whenever choices need to be made about school funding. Making music requires study and practice, and playing music as a child helps to develop the whole person. Providing skilled music instruction at all levels is a wise investment in a happy future for all of us. It’s too important to shortchange or leave out.

John Watson

Columbia

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