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To the editor: I am a 77-year-old senior citizen. I was born after my father’s return from World War II where he landed on Normandy June 6, 1944.
I was raised in a “blue collar” family, with two brothers and two sisters. As a family we had our good times and our bad. Dad fell at work, broke his back and lost his job. With his unemployment we lost everything, house, car. As a group we all pitched in and after a few years we managed to get back a semblance of stability in our lives.
Around this time, I realized that my draft number would be coming up. A recent high school graduate, with no money for college, I joined the U.S. Air Force. I served 36 years, eight in the Air Force, with tours in Vietnam and Thailand, plus 28 years in the Ohio Air National Guard.
After my retirement from the military, I attended Winebrenner Theological Seminary at the University of Findlay, where I graduated with a Master's Degree in Family Ministry. Since
then, I have held different positions; from a chaplaincy at Parkvue Senior Community in Sandusky, assistant to the pastor at a large Lutheran Church, a hospital chaplain, and as a supply pastor.
My loving wife died five years ago from complications with breast cancer. Luckily, I enjoy the support of friends and my two sons.
Why am I telling you all this? It is because I do not want you to think I am a crotchety old man blowing off steam, when I write the following.
This great country that my father and I fought for is in trouble and we need to fix it now. It is hard to prove but there seems to be too much disharmony, and too much finger pointing. I was taught that when I pointed that one finger at someone, I need to realize that I am also pointing three fingers right back at myself. We are quick to point out the shortcomings of others and more than willing to ignore our own.
I was raised to know that when I did something wrong, I would need to atone for it. Now-a-days it seems like everyone is willing to ignore what they did wrong and, instead, blame it on others.
Our political system has become a joke. We no longer vote for candidates because we believe they will do well for the country and are someone we can be proud of. Instead, we cast our vote, not for the best candidate, but for the candidate that spews the most lies, half-truths and innuendoes that fit our
desires, whether they are good for the country or not.
A classic example of this type of politician is our junior senator from Ohio. The disrespect he
has shown for the jurisprudence system of this great country is shameful. Instead of Ohioans holding him accountable for his wrongdoing, we either shrug it off as, “Oh, that’s just him shooting off his mouth again.”
Twelve average U.S. citizens swore to judge fairly the evidence presented to them and to reach a verdict in a trial that received nationwide attention. For the first time in our country's history a former president was found guilty of numerous felonies by this group of citizens. Instead of accepting this verdict as valid, a large number of citizens, including federal politicians, saw fit to disregard the facts.
These protestors decided that it would change the result of the trial if they, so to speak, threw the justice system under the bus. The system worked as designed and should be respected. These jurors had nothing to gain by voting guilty. Those of us that do not want to see our country dissolve into some sort of autocracy need to stand up. We need to stand up right now by supporting our elected leaders that do not throw hissy fits just because they don’t get their way. In this election year we need to really listen to what politicians are saying. Though most politicians do not believe it, we are smart enough to know if what they are saying is for the good of the country or if it will line their pockets.
Work to vote these “hissy fit” candidates, whether at the state or federal level, out of office.
Donald Clark


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