Political Party Affiliations Keeping American From Solving Problems

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Editor:

Regarding the president's Address to the Nation on May 15 concerning immigration reform, I was quite pleased to hear that the government recognizes there is a problem and that it is a presidential priority to solve the problem.

The president has a plan/strategy to implement changes that will help to solve the problem over time - if Congress will help. Fixing it will take money (understandably, it's not a simple problem).

By the close of the address, I was feeling pretty good that we, as a nation, are really going to work on this and hopefully fix it.

And, then, the network announcer said: "The Democratic response to this address will be broadcast at (whatever time it was)."

In my view, that's part of the problem. Can we, as a nation of American citizens, ever get beyond our political party affiliation differences and work together to fix problems? I think it's been done in the past, although not recently. Did whoever mandated that there must be a broadcast "response" by the major opposing political party consider that there might be other interest groups with differing views? Perhaps the Mexican-American community might have something to say on this.

Why not just take the President's address for what it is -- our president addressing the nation's citizens on an issue of concern to many (regardless of party affiliation), and hear what he has to say about how he hopes to fix it?

It seems we have become too polarized (at least Washington has) in our views to accomplish much of anything. The hard question is will this ever be fixed? If the members of Congress keep fighting the president, and each other, I doubt it. What can we, as citizens, do to fix this? I don't know. We have to change the system. And, perhaps that means changing the participants -- those who we elect to Congress. Every vote counts.

Just as an aside, I don't recall any mention of party affiliation by any of the candidates in our recent local elections. Perhaps this is a blessing.

Dave Heffron, Payson

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