As a mother and grandmother living in a community and nation of a democracy I love, I am extremely troubled about our present state of affairs. I find it difficult to believe that our executive and legislative leadership are in denial, in true belief, or in arrogance that "we are headed in the right direction." What about the scores of thousands of lives lost and injured in Iraq; the trillion dollars spent on the war that has been taken from domestic needs?#34;schools, help to our needy, the health care system, and environmental protections; the terrorism fears that have resulted in an assault on all our civil liberties and have also nurtured discrimination against particular ethnic and racial groups?
Instead, our national government is focusing on the issue of same-sex civil marriages?#34;an issue that is personal, that involves a relatively small portion of our national population, that does not require any government involvement, and certainly not a constitutional amendment.
I expect our national leaders to be concentrating on solving these very serious issues rather than turning their backs on them. Our problems are not Republican or Democratic problems; they are American problems that must be faced! The only method by which we as citizens can express our concerns is to e-mail, fax or call our legislators, and also certainly to vote for candidates who are not "corporate owned" and will represent us on an ethical, independent, and appropriately priority-driven basis.