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Letter to the editor: Living in a perfect world

"Everybody's looking for a perfect world," proclaim the opening lyrics from the hit song by classic rockers Huey Lewis and the News.

Soaring off the dreamy idealisms of the Reagan years, you can get a sense of disappointment considering where we've landed. Instead of living within Ronald Reagan's vision of the "shining city on a hill," "a proud city, God-blessed ... with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace" - we've arrived somewhere else.

Nowadays, with Russian internet trolls lurking around every social media corner, looking to psychologically nip and tug at your political and moral compass, one might wonder, what do Russian trolls, riding on an undercurrent of dubious morality, have in common with, say, today's news media?

So we'll ask a local columnist: Dear Mr. Pete Abler, when you proposed in a recent column, "Whither goest morality?" that "professional football players do not have any inherent right under the first amendment to take a knee in protest (during the national anthem) as they are employees, and any employer sets the terms of employment," did you consider all possible outcomes?

In accord with such passionate reasoning, millions of federal workers and federal contractors, in abiding by their employer's mandates, should similarly stand for any designated national music played anywhere, anytime as a condition of employment; and futuristically, perhaps, as a requirement of citizenship, for everyone.

Thereafter, patriotic music blares from roadside loudspeakers in the morning on your way to work. You walk to the office past billboards containing images of national leaders staring down at you, wearing suits adorned with red ties, lapel flags and stupid hairdos, all sacred symbols to which you will bow or salute. Stop ... that's North Korea!

"We'll keep on dreaming, of living in a 'Perfect World'" and of "a more perfect union."

Steve Olson,

Baxter

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