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POLITICS: What’s wrong with moderation?

Letter by Brian W. Hogan, Kent on Sep. 20, 2013 at 10:21 am with No Comments »
September 20, 2013 10:21 am

It seems our society will only accept quick fixes to enormous problems. Whether it is gun control, health care, security issues, economy issues, etc., we are reluctant to accept tiny steps toward a solution. It’s always the “slippery slope.”

No politician will ever take away all our access to guns, but they are afraid even to define reasonable steps to restrict ownership or enlarge background checks or restrict types of guns for general ownership, or . . .

Similarly, even though working toward a more general universal health care seems to meet with a guarded approval by a majority of the population, the opposition seems willing to paint the whole concept as a disaster without any evidence of how this will play out.

It takes time to see effects of any “fix” and see if some reasonable changes can be incorporated to make things better. The only thing that is obvious is that maintaining the status quo is not the answer to our problems.

Society is changing, and our needs are not found in answers of 1900s. We need answers to the 2000s. It requires our willingness to find a way.

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