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Letter to the editor: America requires cooperation

In 2000, our greatest adversary, the Soviet Union, lay in total disarray, its dogma disowned, its empire liberated. Militant Islam was crushed in a short war. Potential threats retreated. Trade flowed and prosperity expanded. The United States re...

In 2000, our greatest adversary, the Soviet Union, lay in total disarray, its dogma disowned, its empire liberated.

Militant Islam was crushed in a short war. Potential threats retreated. Trade flowed and prosperity expanded.

The United States reigned supreme, arbiter of the world. Was this only a few short years ago?

Today, threats re-emerge even to our homeland. Former friends grow distant. Our electorate grows more tense. The Middle East erupts.

Our economy, one-time prime mover of the world, slid into uncharacteristic decline. The financial community faced collapse. Unmindful that they had brought ruin on themselves, they demanded help right now.

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A mesmerized Congress was prone to pour whatever into their eager hands with little oversight. They got a whopper: $700 billion. The intended result has not materialized.

Now average citizens need help but are told that coffers are empty. Again, more borrowing. States and cities, with revenue sharing declining, join the parade with envious eyes on those who got the lion's share. Contrary forces are now converging and the outcome may not be pretty.

Moreover, we were told the recession actually began in December 2007. Using that same logic, we must now be in a depression.

Now is the time for all to keep their heads and work for the common good. Cooperation is the new essential as a new economic plan emerges.

Our land, which once danced to a spirited sprightly tune, now plods to a dismal dirge.

Can a new leader strike again that mystic chord that awakens the hope emanating from our shores to a distraught world?

Paul Lampi Sr.

Duluth

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