Please rerun this letter from the Oct. 26, 1999 Payson Roundup. The original writer said it much better than I could.
Mildred Furnase, Payson
I find it ironic that our citizens as a whole have become so immersed in their own little worlds that they have become oblivious to the fact that our founding fathers very judiciously phrased our Constitution in a way that allowed its citizens something that they could not find elsewhere in the world -- freedom. And we are blithely allowing it to slip away.
Periodically, in talking to someone about the degeneration of the United States of America, I remark that I can tell this individual why his first ancestor came to the United States -- for the opportunity to better his status in life because of the freedom of choice in this great country.
If you would foresee the future, look to the past. And, the fate of the United States of America does not look good. Because of the apathy of its citizens, it will no longer be the envy of the rest of the world.
I will be gone long before our country conceivably turns into a third-world nation, but it disturbs me to no end that our citizenry is allowing this to occur.
Cloyd Henline, Payson