Our Readers Write

-A A +A

‘Facts’ aren’t what were presented
In the last two issues of the Courier, a couple of columnists have written about facts, and how we mostly seem to ignore them. OK, I’ll buy that, but just in case:
To the first columnist, fact No. 1: James Comey, by releasing another investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails just prior to the 2016 presidential election, pretty much torpedoed her run, quite the opposite of collaboration with her campaign that you claim.
To the second columnist, The New Deal didn’t work? Tell that to the army of young men who left home during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression because their families couldn’t feed them, and ended up on the streets, in breadlines and hobo camps throughout the country. Those boys, many in their very early teens, were fed, housed, taught work skills in building projects like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and learned the discipline they would need to survive and help win World War II. As the child pirates from Somalia and some easily radicalized youth from some Middle Eastern countries have shown, young people without hope for a future are a crisis waiting to happen.
Perhaps the “Great Society,” or one public investment in solar energy, or full-day kindergarten “didn’t work” but the writer of “Feelings versus reality” only exposes his own lack of the imagination to realize that he isn’t representative of everyone. No solution to human problems is ever perfect, but every little Appalachian girl lifted from poverty, every inner city teen who can at last dream of something besides what he sees around him, every hardworking parent who can’t afford daycare, probably thought these things worked just fine for them. 
Not every investment we make to alleviate the problems of the future will generate instant returns. If the full-day kindergarten program didn’t improve the children’s “performance” (like kids are circus ponies) maybe that was the wrong goal. Maybe the goal needed to be refined. The writer doesn’t say. As a taxpayer, especially one who didn’t have kids to cost other taxpayers money, I can appreciate his fiscal conservatism, but I don’t agree with his idea of reality.
Carolyn Bredenberg