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September 24, 2009

Letters to the Editor

What will be our generation’s legacy?

On Aug. 12 of this year my son and his wife presented me with my first grandson, Thomas Robert Luke Miller. A big name for a little guy with an even bigger future. I was the first person, after his parents, to hold my little namesake. Not being a poet I am at a loss for the appropriate words to describe this awesome experience. You grandparents out there know what I am talking about.

Tommy (his name if he becomes a Heisman Trophy winner or Thomas Robert if he becomes President) has everything going for him; he is healthy, he has bright successful parents, he is surrounded by people who love him more than life itself, and he will always have the love and support of an adoring extended family. Tommy has it made, or does he?

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When the euphoria of Tommy’s birth had settled down, I began to think about the kind of country my generation is leaving him. His great-grandparents’ generation is known as the “greatest generation,” what will my generation be known as? The “greed generation”? The “selfish generation”? The “intolerant generation”? That concern is what prompted me to write.

For my grandson’s sake (for all of our grandchildren’s sake) We need to stop this ridiculous, hateful, vitriolic rhetoric directed toward our leaders, especially our President who was elected in a virtual landslide.

The problem is a minority of our population didn’t like the outcome of the election and they are bound and determined to subvert everything he was elected to do.

Americans will always have differences of opinion about everything from sports to politics to religion to social issues, that is one thing that has made our country so great, but we need to discuss and debate these issues like intelligent, mature, polite adults, not spoiled brats who didn’t get our way. We need to get back to common decency and civility. I understand that most of the readers of this newspaper are well educated decent people who are as disgusted with the tactics of the extremists as I am, but it is not enough to just be disgusted. Responsible Republicans, old-fashioned conservatives and religious leaders need to step up and actively renounce what is happening. These fanatics, egged on by hate filled rants by radio show entertainers who take extreme positions to boost their ratings, are bringing out the worst in Americans.

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