The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 2, 2013

A worthwhile direction

Daily Item

---- — Your recent editorial (July 30) properly expressed alarm about the "deteriorating economic security" that characterizes our nation as documented in an AP report declaring that 80 percent of American adults are currently struggling with "joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on public assistance."

You fail to note, however, that accompanying this appalling trend is a parallel trend toward the concentration of the wealth of the nation among a relatively small cluster of corporations and individuals.

At the same time, critical areas of our public life are in desperate need of attention.

Cases in point: reconstruction of roads and bridges; resources for public schools, community colleges, vocational training; care and upkeep of public parks and wilderness reserves; improvements in public transportation; development of renewable forms of energy.

Surely, we might meet these and similar needs and, in doing so, address our deteriorating economic security through public investment, that is, channelling the wealth of the nation toward ways of enhancing our common life.

That, it seems to me, would be a worthy direction for "our leaders," to whom you appeal, to adopt at the present time. Maybe we, the people, in order to form a more perfect union, should demand that they do so.

Douglas Sturm,