Letter: May we find strength to right this ship

  • By Wire Service
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016 1:30am
  • Opinion

Recently I was remembering my very first presidential election experience. It was 1952 and I was a student in Mrs. Olson’s 3rd grade class at Lincoln Elementary School in Marysville. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson were vying for office. The class voted and Stevenson won, 28-2. I chuckled as I remember my shock when Eisenhower won the election. I was incredulous! How could my class have been wrong? What a great first lesson on the workings of a dynamic, free democracy. Suddenly, my pleasant musings were stopped short as it occurred to me that teachers can probably not even discuss this year’s lurid election in a third grade classroom. I went from enjoying a pleasant memory to a feeling of sadness and shame thinking about what we have allowed our nation to devolve to. May we find the strength and will to right this beautiful ship so we can sail forward for another 250 years.

Ann Distefano


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