From an optimist
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Reading "Pessimists R Us" (Sept. 23 column by PG executive editor David M. Shribman) made me review my long life as an optimist.
I survived the Great Depression and three years as a Marine during World War II. The GI bill paid for my college and I met my future wife there. This led to a job with a major corporation and then more interesting and creative work. Since I am an avid reader we traveled widely for many years to learn about other societies.
I believe that the future is bright, not bleak, despite taunts of "are you better off?" Our government should work to solve problems to benefit the whole country and not be run by self-serving demagogues playing to their party. Our future will be better if we are wise, not just clever.
Does this make me an optimist? I think so.
PAUL E. FITTING
First Published September 30, 2012 12:00 am