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Existing schism in this nation will be our peril in the long term

To The Daily Sun,

Observations after President Obama's State of the Union address: politics is often so contentious and mean-spirited nowadays that there is little hope for any kind of compromise or cooperation in order to foster a "more perfect union." The scariest part of this existing schism is that it will be to this nation's (which means all of us) peril in the long term.

Quote: "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height...The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'" 1 Samuel 16:7.

Bernadette Loesch


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I'm moving left because that's where the adult candidates are

To the Daily Sun,

I just read an end-of-year piece at the back of the end-of-year Time magazine by Joel Stein describing "the year the adults gave up" and I am inspired. (Disgusted actually).

The most poignant message being that we can now no longer explain to our teens why Kanye should not be president. I'll take that a step further — or teenage mutant turtles, or Sponge Bob for that matter. We have given up. I present "The Donald."

I remember my sixth-grade history textbook picture of the cartoon depiction of the guy selling snake oil. Grown-ups lie!? I was a sweet child with a deep conscience. The 1960s opened my eyes! As the song says, we lost Martin, John, Bobby and too many others. "Turn, Turn, turn" ... Here we are.

So all of us 30- to 70-year-olds, what are we doing? It is time to be grown-ups. Adults get up, go to work, bring home the bacon, feed the family, grow a garden, care for the kids and our parents, welcome a stranger, make your bed, go to church (or synagogue, mosque or temple), walk a mile in another's shoes and, for Gods sake, lay down your arms, open the window, vote, use your mind, voice and hands.

And ladies, we fought too hard for the job, the vote, our bodies, ourselves, Title 9 and our voice. Don't give it up. Don't give it back!

As for me, a declared independent, moving left because Hillary and Bernie are at least adults in my book.

Sandra Ringelstein

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