To the editor:
Last Friday night my wife and I watched the 25th anniversary concert of Peter, Paul and Mary on WGBX, and their closing song was “This Land is Your Land.”
It brought me to tears relating to what is happening to this wonderful country of ours here in the United States of America over the last several years.
This song was written in 1956 and refers to today more so than back in 1956, the first and sixth stanza goes like this:
“This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me.”
“In the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office, I see my people
And some are grumblin’ and some are wonderin’
If this land’s still made for you and me.”
Food for thought today and action tomorrow, but what can the peace-loving, working core of our country do tomorrow that will get the attention of our dedicated representatives in Washington to do what is right for the country and not for themselves?
All I get is laughs when I suggest that all workers raise their dependencies to the maximum and see how long it takes to get Washington to sit up and take notice that this land belongs to you and me and not the fat cats in Washington.
I’m told that you can’t do that for it’s illegal, but there are no solutions on how to stop the illegal activity in Washington. I’m in favor of just and fair taxes for just and fair expenses.
We have to stop the bleeding in our country before the country bleeds to death.
Our governing forces will not exercise self-discipline, so how do we do it?
Think about it today, pray to God about it, and hope a solution is found before our country goes beyond the point of no return.
John L. Cartier