To the editor:
I have often read and heard the statement that a vision has no worth without implementation. But without a vision there is no need for implementation. In fact, without a vision that the world was not flat and sailing to the orient was a straight line from Spain, the Americas would not have been discovered so soon, nor would science have progressed, proving that Earth is a globe.
Meditating on current problems often generates visions of what is wrong and what can be better. We have heard about inequality, livable wages, public education, voting rights, a middle-class ladder, equal pay, equal rights, fair taxation, an America that works for all, public safety, sustainable energy, job creation, immigration, lives matter, and representative democracy.
The odd thing about these visions is that many had been addressed and became engines for our economy. After World War II labor laws were honored, the minimum wage increased to catch up with the cost of living, and there were no government shutdowns. The middle class grew and higher education was producing unique visions that became real as the whole society worked together. Civil rights laws were added and the gross domestic product grew, as did the sharing of its benefits every year.
All future is dependent on visions of possibilities. Those possibilities need implementation, but even more they need a persistence of efforts by team America to bring us back to honoring labor laws and non-discrimination laws, and to a place where all people and all religions are respected and treated equally by all, including commercial business. We are the United States of America – together we stand, divided we fall. What happened to that vision?