Look At The Big Picture
The Big Picture
To the Editor:
We are at an intense time in the history of our nation. At the national level, the Supreme Court just upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Comically, some people are now threatening to move to Canada over it. People are so silly. At the local level, weâve had four rounds of budget voting, with No meaning No and Yes, while Yes means Yes and No. But thatâs only for the maybe 20 percent of the registered voters that are actually voting. Letâs take a step back, though. You know, really look at the big picture.
Weâve polarized ourselves. It doesnât matter if weâre on the left, right, or middle, if weâre Republicans, Democrats, Communists, or Anarchists, weâve lost our ability to look past the binary of labels, and see that there is a whole spectrum to fall on. Thanks to this, thereâs no longer a sense of being in the middle: youâre either left or youâre right, but either way, youâre on the extremes of both. It doesnât matter what you actually believe about yourself, because someone that isnât you will tell you âexactlyâ what you are.
We also have a problem of putting the cart before the horse, as it were. In letters to the editor, and at town meetings, youâll hear a lot of âthis is what we should do with the budget, this is how everyone should vote, and itâs the right thing for Newtown.â Thatâs great that you have a position and youâre willing to put it out there. But thatâs the âright thing for Newtownâ from your worldview. What about the other people who have a different take on it? Are they suddenly now completely wrong? And what happens when they get up and say how the exact opposite is right for Newtown, while supporting their statement as well? Maybe we should try listening to and respecting the point of view of other people, while trying to more accurately engage theirs, rather than belittling them and making this town so bitter towards each other. If the referendum, or any election, doesnât go your way, try dusting yourself off, accepting the democratic decision made by the voters, and getting more involved next time. Donât go blaming other people that voted, because theyâre exercising their rights just as much as you are.
And really, if you have a problem with any of the councils in town, try to understand that theyâre human too. Try to be a little bit nicer to our elected officials. If you could do such a better job than them, how about you throw your name on the ballot for the next election. Our motto is âNicer in Newtown.â Letâs use our actions to back up our words.
9 Scenic View Drive, Newtown Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â July 1, 2012