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Opinion - January 7, 2022

Letters

Kudos to Jeremy Walsh

I kept Jeremy Walsh's 12/17 "What A Week" after being overwhelmed with his feelings discussed throughout the article. I reread it two or three times before I decided to write this letter. Jeremy is a person willing to admit to the public that he will be focusing "on new priority duties — fatherly ones! It's a thrilling time for sure!"

Yet a reason for not openly sharing information about his joy and elation revolved around "not wanting to deal with some of the public reaction." There have always been individuals and groups who are displeased and even angry with others happiness and comment with "personal swipes." It is truly

concerning that this negativity is becoming more the acceptable norm for humanity throughout the

world.

Bravo Jeremy and many congratulations to you and your wife.

Our republic is threatened

"A republic, if you can keep it," Benjamin Franklin said after helping draft the US Constitution. Someone had asked him what form of government they had created.

We may like to think of our democracy as inviolable, but Benjamin Franklin knew better. The truth is our representative republic is threatened from multiple directions: money in politics, gerrymandering, voter suppression, foreign manipulation, Trump's Big Lie, and last year's January 6th Insurrection.

Watchdog groups such as Freedom House downgraded our democracy scores last year, placing us closer to Panama than, say, the UK. This is embarrassing, and it's tempting to "move on" rather than confronting the January 6th Insurrection.

History warns us against this course. After a 1923 failed coup attempt by Hitler, he was allowed back into politics and ten years later, cemented his power with a successful takeover with the Reichstag fire. Germany lost its democracy to a dictator.

— Alan Marling

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