Americans need priorities


Published: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 10:51 p.m.

Phyllis Park Saarinen (Voice, June 27) commented on her visit to the German Documentation Center and Museum in Nuremburg, Germany, and what she learned there. She was "emotionally devastated" to realize the parallels between what has taken place in our country in the last three years, and how the German people were manipulated and deceived into accepting Hitler's Nazi government.

Her letter reinforces Sam Ulbing's letter of June 16. Ulbing also is very concerned about those parallels, as should be every American citizen.

This is a time when all citizens should be pulling together, rather than inserting wedges. Accept the fact that terrorism is now a way of life - it's possible we may be able to contain it, but it is not going to fade away since we always will have fanatics.

It's time for all of us to be setting priorities. Number one should be getting our civil rights restored and getting this country back to its proper balance as far as executive, judiciary and legislative authority is concerned. Number two should be getting ourselves out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Once those are accomplished (and it certainly won't happen overnight), then you can worry about abortion, the Ten Commandments, gay marriage, etc.

No matter how much you say you hate politics, you need to get yourself involved in a hurry.

Patricia M. Koster,

Williston

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