Separating truth from lies


Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11:25 p.m.
Maybe I have a gross lack of understanding of the American way. There are just some things I do not understand.
I don't understand why it seems that only people of wealth can run for president. The leadership of our country is supposed to serve the majority of the people, but does it really?
Why does the government try to dictate what one's morals should be and force its beliefs on others? Even if some of us don't agree with the choices some people make, doesn't our Constitution give them the individual right to make them?
Why is abortion taking a human life and the death penalty isn't? Isn't killing killing?
If a person's sexual preference is genetic, how can we condemn them when we do not condemn others with genetic conditions?
How can we care for other peoples of the world when we have American citizens who are starving, homeless or sick with no medical care, especially little children who cannot help themselves?
When our courts wrongly convict a person and the mistake is realized after the individual has spent five, 10 or 20 years in prison, how do we compensate them?
When men and women make the commitment to devote a portion of their lives to serving their country and then are discharged or retired, how can the military bring them back?
It seems that we didn't accomplish in Iraq what we set out to accomplish, because the supposed "problem" just wasn't there. I don't understand our need to stay. It would sadden me greatly if innocent men, women and children suffer continued trauma for our American leadership's political and personal power agenda.
It is a sad state of affairs that as we listen to and learn about world affairs, we must try to separate the truth from the lies.
Phyllis Perry, High Springs

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