Writer comments on American history through letters

To the Editor:

Twenty-three years ago, I sent a letter to a local newspaper expressing my concern for the direction our country was taking. The letter was printed.

Retirement left me more time to read the papers and take more interest in local and national news. Editors are interested in receiving readers’ interesting and thoughtful opinions.

It became obvious to me that our government was rushing headlong into deep trouble. Like the Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dike, I offered my opinions in letters to editors. That perilous journey now fills 27 volumes of binders under the title “Dick De Witt’s American History in Letters. April 1990-June 2013”

Starting on April 17, 1990, “Need to restore our industry,” followed by “We are in a recession,” “Our economy is in free fall,” “White House race must be about jobs,” “Our country is in an economic downturn,” “Wanted, leadership,” “Heal Cuban rift,” “Rage at Connecticut Post agreeing with Iraq missile attack,” “Government stunned into inaction,” “Clinton squandering taxpayer money,” “Murder of the unborn,” “-Sewage spills in Long Island Sound,” “Crime in the nation,” “U.S. should be its own best customer,” “Mistreatment of Indians,” “War on Drugs,” “Exorbitant gas prices,” “U.S. stopped Communism,” “Jack Kavorkian is right,” “Defending concrete jungles,” “Government’s misguided policy on failing economy,” “Praise for Weicker,” “Towing vehicles racket,” “Shoplifting vs. bankruptcy,” “Prayer in school,” “Economy failing, lack of leadership,” “Clinton promised jobs, jobs, jobs,” “Absentee landlords not always at fault,” “Deficits, deficits, deficits,” Admiral Boorda. murder or suicide,” “Self-appointed moralist,” “Imports and trade deficits,” “Criticism of Post headlines,” “America’s glazed over eyes,” Is Mars mission worth the cost,” “Why Palestinians fight,” “Higher  gas prices,” “Laws encourage teen pregnancy,” “Message from Jesus.” These letters are from the first volume, 1990 to 1997.


Dick De Witt



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