ONE OF OUR biggest problems today is the rancor and triviality of our political debate. Some call it demolition politics. Stop and think about many of the big questions preoccupying the public conversation. Now, ask yourself “Is this really happening?”

Despite our problems, this is a great country, the envy of billions of people and that’s why they want to come to America. It’s a beautiful country. There are jobs for those who want to work; an abundant food supply; clean, fresh water and the opportunity to pursue happiness and the American dream.

America has virtues and qualities that many Americans simply don’t fully appreciate. We need to change that.

One area that everyone seems to agree on is the fact we have a humanitarian crisis on our southern border with pervasive illegal immigration. Has anyone considered the consequences of enabling an open borders policy?

What if America allows the population to go from the current 330 million to 400 million over the next 20 years? As tens of millions of people seek asylum by flooding into the United States with virtually nothing but the clothes on their backs, how will that change our ability to manage?

If immigrants come across the southern border unchecked, what is to stop millions more from getting into Canada and then, coming across the northern border?

Will those 20, 40 or 60 million people have the skills that our changing economy needs? Technology and automation are eliminating low-skilled jobs by the millions. How will the new immigrants assimilate? Who will train them? How will they survive in the meantime?

Remember, they will need housing, transportation, food and medical care. Can our schools absorb the influx of children? Will our water and sewage systems be able to handle the extra demands? How about the electrical grids, public services and will the highways handle the increased volume of traffic?

I’d guess these new neighbors would be hard-working and model citizens. America is a big country and can handle 40 million more people, but there are questions that need to be considered.



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BE HONEST now. What has happened in the last two and one-half years, in a bad way, that changed in your life that you can blame solely on the presidency of Donald Trump?

It seems that tens of millions of our fellow citizens convinced themselves that their lives would be horribly destroyed and the world would end all because Trump was president.

It might be said that half of Americans were not emotionally prepared for Trump’s shocking upset of Hillary Clinton in 2016. It just wasn’t possible and they’ve spent almost two and one-half years in denial. They’ve been unwilling to accept the reality, and have tried every way to go back in time and change the outcome.

They expected the worst. Did the worst happen? In some ways, maybe; in some ways, not so much. America and its people are resilient. We will survive; this, too, shall pass; have faith.

The economy is booming, people are working and basically, things are good. Yes, there are still problems to solve, but is anything happening around the country and world that wouldn’t be happening had Clinton been elected?

One could argue that the rancor in Washington has been going on for decades and the current mess is as much the fault or result of partisan Democrats and far-left liberals doing what politicians do: trying to deny the party in power any success, and to disrupt and investigate everything until the next election.

What we should be demanding is that Congress be working together. They should be putting their efforts into solving problems, compromising and working for the benefit of the American people. Instead, there are endless partisan investigations searching for any shred of evidence that might cause damage to our democracy.

There are many good things that could be accomplished and celebrated by the parties. The public would be glad to give credit to the parties for advancements in immigration, equality, climate change, improving infrastructure, the green agenda, fighting terrorism and lots more, but that doesn’t seem possible in this day and age.



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A RECENT WSJ/NBC poll found services such as Facebook to be divisive and a threat to personal privacy, but the public continues to use them daily.

Adults of all ages and ideologies hold a negative view of the effects of social media. A solid majority said social media services such as Facebook and Twitter do more to divide Americans than to bring them together.

Americans are generally optimistic about the benefits technology will bring to their lives and to the economy, although lower-income people and rural residents show significant levels of worry about job losses from automation.

Of respondents, 75% said the trade-off when it comes to consumers receiving free services, but giving up detailed data about their online behavior is unacceptable.