Vail Daily letter: Re-order our priorities
We all understand that we face a myriad of problems here in America, but I think a lot of our consternation is misdirected. Unfortunately for everyone, given limited budget funds, we really need to more accurately focus our attention and resources to the problems that actually threaten us.
While I also fear terrorism, the fact is that very few Americans are actually harmed by it — even given the recent tragic events in San Bernardino.
More than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and roughly one-third that number will die of cancer. If you are reading this column the chances are overwhelming either you or someone you love has been touched by cancer.
Every major scientific body in every country in the world — regardless of political orientation — is warning us of catastrophic climate changes, and yet one political party here — virtually alone in the world in their ignorance — continues to ignore the reams of evidence that we are destroying the necessary environment that our children and grandchildren will inherit.
Since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre of 20 children, more than 95,000 Americans have been killed by guns (roughly two-thirds suicide).
So, when I hear that the major concerns of Republican voters are terrorism and immigration, I have to sigh in disbelief.
While ending the radical Islamist threat is important, I think we can do better as voters, and demand that our Republican-led Congress start to immediately and seriously address the problems that more realistically and factually threaten our lives. Why are we voting for candidates who continuously prey on the fears of the uninformed?
Vice President Biden had it exactly right when he addressed the press to announce he wouldn’t be running for president. He urged us to embark on a 10-year mission similar to the efforts we made to reach the moon: A war on cancer.
I think such a war, along with intelligent measures to combat global warming, and sensible gun control laws would be sensible first steps to make us a lot safer than spending so many billions of dollars on an unending war to eliminate radical Islam and attempts to send illegal immigrants back to their homelands.
Our priorities need to be re-ordered, and that starts with electing intelligent people who are genuinely interested in our welfare.