An eye for an eye

This concerns the direction in which we as Americans and our country, the United States of America, are heading. Starting in everyone’s own backyard, in our townships, our counties, our states, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, and from Mexico to Canada, we have gone from an underdeveloped country, when Columbus discovered America in 1492, to the richest and most powerful country in the world today.

Myself and millions of others who are living yet today will soon be entering our 90s unless we already have. We have survived several wars and lived the prime years of our lives in our homes and schools which were heated strictly by burning wood that was hand cut and split and kept in a built-in wood box in most kitchens. Many families had no running water and no electricity. Over half of the roads and highways were still unpaved. We walked to grade schools. Thousands upon thousands of children from 6 years of age to high school walked for miles during summer, fall, winter and spring. We carried our lunches to school.

In the 1900s to 1940s, teachers were paid $2,000 a year. Our father was drafted into World War II in the 1940s. My mother received a monthly check for herself and her six children, which amounted to around $45 a week for us to live on. This we did without complaining.

In this country today, many states now pay a minimum wage of $15 an hour. That amounts to $120 a day, if one worked that many hours. This is about to become law here in Pennsylvania.

After this short prelude of the past in this country in my lifetime, I will do some comparing of resemblances and differences between then and now. Most things in this country are turning for the worse. Not only are a percentage of men and fathers reverting to killing any policeman who dares to stop them for any reason at all, most blame it on drugs. There are mass shootings in schools, churches and shopping centers. Not too long ago, if a crime was committed it was done by an adult man. Nowadays, half the time the women are following in the men’s footsteps, and this includes the killing of newborns and the little boys and girls who have nothing but love in their hearts.

It brings tears to my eyes when I see on television that a serviceman comes back from some foreign country and surprises his little boy by walking into his son’s schoolroom or their livingroom at home. Those little boys burst into tears and run to their fathers’ open arms because they love the most treasured things in their lives, that being their dad and mom. All little boys and girls have the same natural love for their parents, but too often they are deceived, abused, molested and often murdered by the very ones they love.

Until capital punishment is reinstated in every one of our 50 states, this problem will only become worse. There is no other deterrent known to the human race that would be as effective as reverting back to the laws of our land, when capital punishment was practiced and it told it all in one simple sentence: An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Weldon C. Cohick Jr.