Take interest before bad ideas become law

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 16 2014 | 4:05 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:44 am in
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Probably to most people, politics is boring. I know it was to me back in the early 1960s when our five children were all younger than 5 1/2 years of age. Then someone came up with the idea of drafting girls into the military. We had four girls. Politics was touching home.

Since then, Iíve spoken my opinion about ideas coming from our elected leaders. Because those ideas touch home, for someone.

As I remember, our girls liked playing with dolls and our son couldnít have toy guns that looked real enough for him. Oh, some say itís a taught thing, that there isnít really a basic difference in the choices the sexes would make if left on their own. Everyone can have their opinion; mine is that it is in their DNA.

It also is in the DNA of politicians to push laws that benefit themselves. And if we citizens pay no attention to whatís being pushed, we lose much of the time.

When the idea of drafting girls was initiated our children were very little, but once a bad idea becomes law, it is most difficult to remove it from the books and it would have eventually affected them. A voluntary thing is far different from being forced to go completely against oneís nature; thatís devastating.

Laws are like straitjackets ó we canít get out of them. We need to take an interest before ideas become law. Bad laws will always put someone on the losing end.

Rosemary Weydert

Winthrop

 

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