Letters to the Editor

Bastian letter: Lack of public virtue

The wisdom of the ages has warned us against wickedness in high places. One wise statesman said, “When the wicked rule, the people mourn.”

The crisis we currently face is lack of public virtue, both the lack of virtue among our elected officials and the declining virtue of the common citizen.

Our presidential race seems to be between the lesser of two evils. We are turned off by both candidates, and in our frustration, we say, “We’ll this is the best we can do this time.” We’d love to have another Washington or Lincoln, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. We feel forced to play the hand that we have been dealt.

We have a lot to say about the rights and wrongs in public affairs, and we are always outraged by corruption. discrimination, poverty, homelessness and other social ills. We yearn to play a role in the world that focuses on honor and virtues that will make the world a better place.

So what gets in the way? The answer is we get marginalized and sidetracked by special interest, power and money. “Do unto others before they get a chance to do it unto you.”

Morris Bastian, Boise

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