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December 21, 2014

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letter to the editor:

We must act now to save America

Companies that don’t invest in their people (child care, education and health care), update their equipment or innovate (green energy, science and infrastructure) fail.

Reading a lot of newspaper editorials lately, I feel like I am reading America’s obituary. As we dance around thinking we’re No. 1, the world is passing us by. Depending on the study, the U.S. is 27th-39th in education, about 25th in transportation and infrastructure, about 37th in health care outcomes (No. 1 in costs) and about 16th in the Social Progress Index (Canada’s middle class is now better off).

Soon we will be the second-largest economy next to China, which really does not mean much when the masses are not benefiting from the wealth — just look at Wall Street vs. wage stagnation, increasing productivity numbers, high unemployment, poverty and the middle-class decline. America is dying.

The can-do spirit that brought settlers to our shores and held off Adolf Hitler in World War II is gone.

How do we survive? No. 1: Realize we’re dying. No. 2: Pay attention! When you see a political ad on TV, you should know whether it is true or not. We need to get money out of politics, but money only works if people are uninformed. No. 3: Do not vote unless you believe No. 1 and follow No. 2.

Let’s hope it’s not too late to save this once-great nation.

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