Nothing wrong with compromise; Selfishness benefits no one - Letters to the Editor, March 11, 2020


Nothing wrong with compromise, competence

I have voted for people as diverse as Eugene McCarthy, Ronald Reagan and Barrack Obama. I vote for the person — not the party. 

I was disappointed in 2016 because I thought Hilary Clinton was the most qualified and competent to be president, and now I’m similarly disappointed because I thought Elizabeth Warren was the most qualified and competent.

They were my choice not because they are women, but because they had practical plans and ideas.

I am very disappointed with leadership that we currently have in the state, country and much of the world. Our state leaders take their marbles and leave if they don’t get their way and those that don’t leave won’t budge in their stance either, thus blocking work on all other bills.

It has been a stand-off that accomplished very little.

How about some compromise?

And nationally, we have an administration that I’m sure has done some good, although nothing comes to mind. When I think of the not-so-good, a whole host of issues flood my mind: The wall and immigration, cutting back programs that really help people, appointing people to lead departments that have been extremely critical of them, firing anyone who isn’t “loyal,” pooh-poohing climate change and more.

And then there’s the master of stonewalling, Mitch McConnell. It must be so frustrating to be a senator of either party.

Our current president has narcissistic and authoritarian tendencies that scare me, and his character and choice of words leave a lot to be desired — and not what I would call a role model.

Meanwhile, around the world nationalism and authoritarian rulers seem to be in the ascendancy. That scares me and makes me think of the similarities prior to the rise of Fascism that led to World War II.

I know I’m an idealist; I think that working with other countries is the way to go rather than isolating our country. If I were a civics teacher, I would have so many examples of how not to govern.

I know I sound like a doomsayer, but I’m an eternal optimist.

It may not be the best of times as far as governing is concerned, but medically it’s not a bad time to be alive. In late January, I had total knee replacement surgery in Florence and couldn’t be happier.

I am very thankful for the hospital here in Florence and everyone I dealt with before, during and after my surgery. I’m thankful for my sister, neighbors and friends, who transported me and delivered groceries until I could drive again.

Sometimes it’s worth remembering that, while so much of what’s happening in the word can be disappointing, friends, neighbors and family remind us that things are not all bad.

- Judy Fleagle, Florence

Selfishness benefits no one

The world system tells us to look out for Number 1. It tells us to acquire as much as possible for ourselves; to live with much gusto.

This idea is selfish and self-centered. It is destructive to the person who lives like this and to everyone with whom he or she comes into contact.

The Bible in Philippians 2:3-5 says: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves: do not merely look for your personal interest, but also for the interest of others.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus ... ”

—Horace Dixon Florence

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