Residents fear the country is heading in the wrong direction

The anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence is a time of great celebration. It is also a moment of reflection on where we have been and where we are going. The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s largest independent research organizations, conducted a survey of 1,053 people from June 23-27. Their findings suggest that many Americans are concerned about the direction the country is headed.

Several residents of the Lima area have also expressed their concern about the problems we are facing. Lima resident Tom Sneary, a Vietnam veteran, said:[The country is] taken in the wrong direction. Sneary is concerned about the family breaking up. His wife, Deb, a retired registered nurse, believes young people “don’t get the right advice”.

Deb Sneary is concerned about the sense of entitlement she perceives in our society. The Snearys shared examples of people who turned down job offers because they didn’t want to work or didn’t want to start in entry-level positions. Deb Sneary said she started babysitting when she was 12 and “I learned what it was like to work”. Her husband thinks there’s “too much free stuff [from the government]and he “pushes us towards socialism”.

Deb Sneary worries about the rising cost of housing, utilities and food. She is particularly concerned about those on fixed incomes. She believes poor people may suffer additional health problems due to their limited resources. She cited the obesity epidemic as a problem that may be, in part, linked to the less healthy but more economical food choices people make.

The Snearys believe that society has become so focused on individual rights that decency is sometimes sacrificed. Tom Sneary implicates the mainstream media as contributors to the changing moral climate.

A 69-year-old man who chose to identify only as “Jim” was asked what he thinks of the direction the country is heading. He replied: “For the rich, it is going very well.

Denise Ware of Lima thinks the economy “could be better”. She expressed concern about the homeless. She shared examples of people who received funding from the West Ohio Community Action Partnership to secure housing in her apartment complex, but says many of those people lacked the funds to maintain the monthly rent payment. . Many of these people now find themselves homeless or in inadequate housing.

The recent need to adjust his living conditions is something Chase Willoughby of Lima has also experienced. He thinks many low-cost homes are “bought out” by landlords who make minor improvements and then rent the homes out at prices unaffordable to people with his income level.

The 28-year-old landscaper appreciates the salary increase offered by some employers. He believes that the improved wages “show a concern for employee retention”. Willoughby’s concern is that rising wages will be offset by rising inflation. He sees a broadening between the middle and lower classes. He thinks the current economy has more impact on these groups than on the wealthy.

Willoughby says he is concerned about women’s safety with the recent reversal of Roe v. Wade. He believes that if women are supported, many will choose to continue with their pregnancies. He supports improved medical leave and government-sponsored child care.

Expressing concern over the recent increase in mass shootings, Willoughby believes that many of these events are, at least indirectly, linked to economic pressures. He said, “So many people feel like they’re struggling alone.”

The NORC poll results indicate that dissatisfaction with President Biden’s handling of the economy has grown. Biden’s economic approval rating has fallen from 51% a year ago to their recent poll of 28%.

Obviously, there is work to be done in this great country of ours. As American citizens, each of us has a responsibility to make positive contributions. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “America’s fate cannot depend on one man. America’s greatness is based on principles, not one personality.

Tom and Deb Sneary relax in their American Township home with their dog, Gracie. The Snearys think we are “going in the wrong direction”.

Chase Willoughby, 28, sees a broadening between the middle and lower economic classes. He thinks the mass shootings may be linked to economic pressures.

Denise Ware from Lima is very concerned about homelessness in the country and in our own community.

Comments are closed.