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2020 List

Jan 08, 2020

To the Editor:

The other day I had the pleasure of listening to John Lennon’s song “Imagine” on the radio. Lennon’s song made me think about the issues that need to be addressed without delay in the new year. So here is a list of 10 things, not necessarily in order of importance, for all of us to think about.

1. Racism/Discrimination – All lives matter. Tolerance and understanding must be the rule. Everyone must be guaranteed the right to live in peace regardless of race, religion or political beliefs.

2. Gun Violence – The slaughter of innocent lives must come to an end. Our government must do whatever it takes to prevent gun violence in schools, shopping malls, etc.

3. Drugs – This is the poison that is destroying the youth of America. Like a cancer that is eroding the very fabric of our society, illegal drug use must be eliminated.

4. Medical – End all forms of cancer and life-threatening diseases. Provide more care for our senior citizens. If you think this is unrealistic or unattainable, just think of someone who has lost a loved one. I’m sure they will not agree.

5. Education – The youth of America is our future. Greater resources must be provided to give our children the means to succeed.

6. Economic Opportunity – Equal pay for equal work. End economic discrimination against women, people of color and religion.

7. Family Unit – Restore the importance of family values, and the need for parents to work together with children toward a common goal.

8. Veterans – Honor those who have bravely served our country. Provide our veterans with the necessary medical care they rightfully deserve.

9. Homelessness/Poverty – This is a national disgrace. Enough said.

10. Environment ­– There will be no future unless we save the planet now. Our grandchildren will suffer the consequences of our lack of commitment if we do nothing.

Please accept my apologies if I have inadvertently forgotten a worthy cause. I can only hope that 2020 is a year of affirmative action. And never forget, we live in the greatest country on Earth.

Lou DeCaro

Barnegat

 

 

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