What has happened to us? Our forebears faced down real problems like the Great Depression and the rise of fascism with more aplomb and true grit than we are now able to muster — with hyperventilating cable news and the Internet besieging us with one pseudo-hysteria after another.
Ebola? The annual flu season will kill many more of us than Ebola will.
Islamic State operatives sneaking across the Rio Grande endangering our very way of life?
Your time would be much better spent worrying about real dangers to our way of life embodied in various privatization schemes and lack of public investment in infrastructure and education.
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Wake up, America, we’re being played!
In truth, we’re living in an incredible time: The deficit is down, unemployment is dropping and, given the non-issue that gay marriage has become, we are more accepting and open-minded than people a generation ago would’ve dreamed possible.
My advice: Take an extended holiday from cable news bloviators and doomsayers. Maybe the truly daring will even get out and have an actual, not digital, conversation with a fellow human being.
One can only hope.
— Ken Wheatcroft-Pardue, Fort Worth