Losing traditions

A recent Sun-Gazette editorial stated, “We have become a society that has lost some of its traditional roots, hatching a more frequent possibility of people without a traditional conscience.” To support this statement, the editorial cited Obama’s re-election, the Sandusky sex abuse scandal, as well as the shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.

I wonder what period of our history the author would have us use as a model to help us regain these traditions? Was it during our country’s early years? That’s when it was legal to own slaves and the native population was treated as a nuisance to be corralled or eliminated.

Or, perhaps it was during the early 1900’s, when we treated our South and Central American neighbors as nothing more than property to benefit American companies. Maybe the author was referring to the second half of the 20th Century. That’s when large sections of our country still condoned segregation. And then there is our long-standing support of despotic leaders in the Middle East so long as they ensure our access to oil.

Perhaps losing some traditions is a good thing.

David Bross

Cogan Station

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