Dear America: Teach well, apply ability, take responsibility — and stay out of the Middle East

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After reading about current events in the Post-Gazette, I felt compelled to write the following messages.

To the political leaders of the United States: Please stay out of the Middle East. Bring our troops home and use their talents to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. Stop sending aid to foreign lands and quit turning your backs on those needing help here. Start doing the job you were elected to do, and do it with ethical conduct and sincerity for the betterment of all Americans.

To all educators, parents and influential individuals: Teach your children well. Provide good examples, encouragement and support. Do not abuse or use these young people. Remember your actions and words will have a lasting effect, though you may never know to what extent your efforts made a difference.

To all students: Apply yourselves to the best of your ability. Remember not everyone has the same abilities, but every one of you has potential. Work hard and don’t take the easy way out; it leads nowhere.

To all Americans: Take responsibility for your actions. Remember the golden rule. Don’t place blame where it doesn’t belong. We did not get to this point or current state overnight, nor will we return to better times instantly. We must all work together to the best of our ability, be willing to admit our faults and weaknesses, and take action to overcome the situations we face.

To everyone who took time to read the above: Thank you.


West Deer

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