2017-07-12 / Letters

Very real problems

Dear Editor:

I concur with Patricia Mudgett that the United States’ current political climate is dangerous to democracy. In addition, our country is in imminent danger economically and environmentally. Partisan wrangling and corporate greed have delayed action on some very real problems that our society faces.

Economically, Congressional reaction to the collapse of our financial system in 2008 was pretty tepid at best. Even as I write this, Wall Street is working to repeal even those modest regulatory reforms. As a result, it is a safe bet that Wall Street bankers will continue to make risky bets with our money. Sooner or later, they will go too far, again, and lose our money. Thus, I assume another economic collapse is on the horizon.

Environmentally, sea levels are rising measurably whether you believe humans are responsible for climate change or not. In fact, it does not matter what the cause is. The outcome is the same regardless of the explanation. Actual measurements show that sea levels are rising faster on the North American side of North Atlantic basin than on the European side, due to the slowing of the Gulf Stream. The point is we already have to deal with seasonal flooding in Dade County, Florida, and, probably, will have to evacuate the millions of people who live there before 2050.

Yet, even as our country faces the monumental task of solving a variety of social, political, economic, and environmental problems more or less simultaneously over the next two or three decades, our so-called leaders seem unable to do anything except point fingers at each other. We need, today, to start investing in our people, our infrastructure, and in renewable energy if we mean to survive as a leading, free republic in the twenty-second century.

Patricia Witt

Berkeley Springs

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