Real is­sues of­ten ig­nored in con­tentious cam­paign

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Editor: In post-de­bate mode, I am an­tic­i­pat­ing the na­tion and our lo­cal folks, rel­a­tives and friends fi­nally peace­fully dis­cussing the is­sues. But I write this face­tiously, since the en­ter­tain­ment driv­ing this elec­tion will keep us on non-is­sues un­til we vote.

I hope we can look at is­sues like health care for all, re­spect­ing diver­sity (in­clud­ing cul­tural, sex­ual and re­li­gious), big money in gov­ern­ment, and a com­mon sense unit­ing of free coun­tries against ISIS and in­tol­er­ance.

I don’t mean to sound sacro­sanct. I just think we have been dis­tracted from Jef­fer­so­nian pol­i­tics and big is­sues by the red her­rings of anger and per­son­al­ity.

Surely there is le­git­i­mate anger at gov­ern­ment for not rep­re­sent­ing us, but we might stop long enough for fact checks to see where the prob­lem re­sides.

Hu­mor and love of my neigh­bors has been the salve that has helped me face the fu­ture op­ti­misti­cally. Dan Paashaus Cot­tekill

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