Questions where the American dream has gone

To the Editor:

Last week, Susan Chaves, managing editor of the Fairfield Sun, and Editorial Director John Kovach allowed me the space to relate the story of the  shoemaker’s children who had no shoes.

This week, I would like to tell you about the middle class American Johnson family — mom, dad, son and two daughters.

John enjoyed managing his hardware store for 23 years until a giant competitor opened nearby. The competitor bought many full pages of advertising promoting low priced Chinese products. John can tell you why he, and millions of shopkeepers like him, were unable to find another decent paying job impossible.

He scanned want ads and read newspapers searching for a glimmer of hope that our government might be working on plans to rebuild the jobs they promised before getting elected. He doesn’t remember losing a war to China and Japan.

When did we surrender our corporations, industries and factories? Who sold off our oil fields in Alaska and offshore oil rights to our Mississippi River and  bays? Who took the authority upon themselves to sell off our reservoirs, forests, thousands of acres of land, ranches, fruit groves — the American heritage stolen from our children and future generations..

John wants to know if the American dream has been sold off for a handful of silver. He believes American citizens deserve justice. Meanwhile, the bank wants to take his home and his debts are rising.


Dick De Witt


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