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Reader's View: Planet, democracy on life support – Duluth News Tribune

Some of the same people who demand the freedom to not wear a mask against COVID-19 would deny women the freedom to control their own reproductive systems.
Some of the same people who are often heard preaching about personal responsibility in general refuse to take any personal responsibility for ending the biggest public health crisis in a century.
Some of the same people who rant about protecting “our way of life” refuse to face the fact that it is our way of life (burning fossil fuels) that is causing the droughts, fires, floods and storms threatening our way of life.
Some of the same people who supported the war in Afghanistan through 20 years of chaos and death are now hysterical about its final two weeks of chaos and death.
Some of the same people who worship the Christ of love and compassion themselves spew hatred and xenophobia.
Some of the same people claiming to be spreading democracy around the globe are doing their best to undermine our democracy at home.
Some of the same people who oppose financial help for the poor support massive giveaways to big banks and Wall Street.
And some of the same people who want to preserve our history in the form of monuments to traitorous, white supremacist Confederates also want to do away with studying the history of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and racism in general in public schools.
Irony is dead. The planet, and our democracy, are on life support, and the new normal is nothing short of suicidal. As singer Bruce Cockburn has said: “The trouble with normal is it always gets worse.”
David A. Sorensen
Duluth



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Letters are limited to 300 words, must be the original work of the author and must be exclusive to the News Tribune. Letters are edited for style, space, accuracy and civility.
Letter writers are limited to one published submission every 30 days.
With rare exceptions, the News Tribune does not publish poetry; letters that are anonymous, libelous or attack other writers; consumer-complaint letters; thank-you letters; or letters generated by political or special-interest campaigns.
We will consider exclusive Local View columns of 600 words or fewer. Authors should possess unique insights, and their commentaries should demonstrate greater knowledge of their subject than letters.
Email submissions to: [email protected]
Mail to: Readers’ Views, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.
Fax to: 218-720-5120.
Include a full name, address and daytime phone number. Only names and hometowns will be published.

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