Our society and our country are both facing some significant problems. That is nothing new, but the only way we have solved problems in the past is not complicated, it is basic — hard work, make good choices, care, share and get involved. You can make a difference.
Let’s first start with politics and make it easy. Any unit of government from the smallest to the federal level either has a balanced budget every year or their elected officials can never run again — solved. We also have to discontinue paying for programs to help people who make bad personal choices and countries who hate us.
Secondly, the environment — I believe our environmental issues make the national debt look like a walk in the park. Talk about what we are leaving our grandchildren! If you do not think global warming is real, read the weather statistics and weather-related disasters of the past two years, then tell me nothing is changing. Put on a sweater, turn down the heat, use your air conditioner less, carpool (three people in a car that gets 16 mpg is actually a car getting 48 mpg), walk or ride a bike for your short trips. Conservation is the key, not what you can afford.
Thirdly is the violence in our society. Our society seems to be pushing real religion out of our lives, schools and government. How about we work toward reversing that trend? Stop watching violent movies, DVDs, negative television news and printed material that seem to glorify the negative. Smile, look for the good, look for ways to help, give of your time and talents. Helping people learn and showing you care has always been the best way to help society and yourself.
— John Nash, Spring Lake Township