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Opinion

January 8, 2013

Post-Newtown debate sidesteps real issues

Can we handle the truth? Apparently not, at least as many politicians are concerned. After every horrible incident, we revisit the same issues again and again. Our education is in a crisis mode in many cases, safety, money, student performance are front-page news items.

We are told we need to control guns more effectively, protect our children, get better teachers and change the way we educate our young people.

Only a few years ago education and schools were our No. 1 concerns. Once the money dried up, that place dropped to — well, not No. 1 anymore. I see suggestions that we place armed security personnel at every school. Where will that money come from? School districts that are about to become insolvent?

We are having our attention directed to the symptoms of a much deeper problem rather than to the heart of the matter. The underlying issues in our society are nothing new; they have been with us for many years. Now they are becoming more difficult to handle, and get less attention than ever.

Instead of admitting that we need to find ways to correct some flaws in the foundation, we simply apply more window dressing. If an elected official admits he or she lacks the ability to treat or cure our social ills within a tenure of office, they will probably never find their way to an office. So instead of the truth, we get switched to a sidetrack. And stay there.

Seriously, who is going to admit that they do not have a realistic solution to a problem that they have promised to solve and have received the approval to do so?

Theodore Roosevelt tried to create a “square deal” for all. Why not try that again, honestly? 

Wesley Ciampo

Otsego

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