Letters to the Editor

We have a problem

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. So, I will admit I have a problem, and it’s a problem that a lot of people suffer from.

The road to recovery will be a long battle. A battle so hard, that those that suffer from this may not win. What is this we suffer from? I know that a 12-step program won’t be effective. This problem will need support from a lot of people, but won’t require a sponsor.

The problem is ... society’s apathy. So many things are wrong, bad, terrible, yet, most people don’t care. Here are some headlines: “Three people shot” ... just another day. “Mother kills 5 children” OK. “President signs new bill..” whatever. Don’t get me started on government agencies and their tracking of us.

Maybe people don’t care anymore. Maybe they don’t want to fight. Maybe we all will watch as society and our country fails. However, when a young woman is raped on a large Florida beach and hundreds of people watch and do nothing, I have a problem. When children are murdered by drive-bys and police, I have a problem. When a thug gets White House support, I have a problem. When a transgendered celebrity gets called a hero, I have a problem. When society and our elected officials don’t care, we all have a problem.

Apathy can only go so far.

Bob Anderson

Belleville

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