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WUSED - Len Preslar - SATURDAY
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WUSED - Len Preslar - SATURDAY

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Doing what's possible

Our infrastructure is crumbling, childhood poverty and hunger rank well above international averages, yet we spend more on national defense than the next 10 countries combined. Priorities determine spending, and ours are perverted by special interests. While Democrats work on solutions, conservatives say Democrats are imploding … nope!

Good solutions to problems require much thought and hard work and it can get messy. But solutions must begin with an objective recognition that there is a problem.

Do Republican leaders not see that former President Trump in a fair election? Vaccines can stop the virus? Climate change is real and serious? All our children need early education? Tax cuts to the wealthy never trickle down? Until they speak reality to us, I’m not sold.

Kennedy said at a 1962 Yale commencement: “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie…but the myth…Too often….we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” He also said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Meanwhile, on May 5, House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “One-hundred percent of our (Republicans’) focus is on stopping this new administration.” All their energy devoted to being obstructionist and none to advancing our interests.

Attention to voting rights, elections financing, gun proliferation, immigration and national debt is also needed, all seeming impossible pending a party supermajority or more collaboration. Democrats are doing what is possible for us; support them!

Len Preslar

Winston-Salem

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