Charmaine Coimbra, your article about political frustration in a July 4th context (“Why I missed this year’s 4th of July,” July 12) moved me enough to send out a brief response. You have lots of company sympathizing with you. Many emotions run this gamut, and we each have to deal with it to continue living in productively positive lives.
Sometimes I use my anthropological training to guide me. These tools are many. Cultural perspective in an historical context is a beginning. The USA remains an experiment in a political way guided by strong religious and “spiritual” guidance. I tend to believe there are enough good souls in our country who want this “experiment” to grow and work with the knowledge that it will take a long time and suffer much in divisiveness. This discord can strengthen the fabric of society in its diversity. As we know, all of nature is woven as such.
So, without going on much more, I think we need to keep pushing forward, expose commonsense ideas, and organize good actions for local community as we can. I look at SLO and the greater area and know my wife and I made the right decision to live here. However, we can continue to broaden our actions to create humanistic situations and programs to benefit the area and beyond. Perhaps a focal center that expresses these directions can post ideas and activities for all to see. This should be very visible, as in a city bulletin board in a plaza.
Thanks for your thoughtful words and sharing important views.