To the News Enterprise:
I was struck by the immense fear of, and alienation from, this country’s leadership expressed by Mr. George Phillips (Letter to Editor, News Enterprise, Feb. 2, 2013). And I’m well aware there are many others in this country who feel much the same way. Some of these same feelings may even be present in a few of those who have erupted in senseless violence against their fellow citizens. It bespeaks the increasing affective and economic separation between those who control our government and the majority of our citizens, whatever their position on gun control is.
Until the majority of citizens (rather than corporate, industry and other well-funded special interest groups) have a deciding voice in who is elected, how their campaigns are paid for, and what policies best meet our needs, we remain at high risk of having a citizenry that, lacking a constructive role in preserving our democracy, are increasingly dismissive of our government and of our collective well-being.