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Kenneth Dym: Why not let regions of U.S. go their own way politically

To the editor:

Isn’t it time to recognize the reality that the United States is no longer a single country? Rick Perry — out of pique or sincerity — suggested that Texas might secede.

Why not — and why only Texas?

If it is more palatable, let the blue states secede. It doesn’t matter. (We can flip a coin to determine who gets to be called the United States).

Right now, the two sides are horribly entrenched with no exit. So why not create two (or more) countries composed of communities and peoples that are united in purpose and beliefs.

There is nothing sacred about having all 50 states in a single country — there used to be only 13!

I know this sound ridiculous and perhaps will never happen; but I think it deserves serious consideration. From my perspective, the people of Massachusetts and other progressive states are being held back by a set of values diametrically opposed to mine and the community in which I live.

Instead of continuing to argue as to who is right and who is wrong, let’s just end the game by agreeing to disagree, by saying you go your way and I’ll go mine.

In my scenario, states like Massachusetts get to implement universal health care, raise the minimum wage, offer food stamps and provide early childhood services; states such as Texas can have a system in which there is minimum government involvement. If it turns out well for them — people prosper, income rises, health improves — then good for them.

No doubt the separation will be difficult. They always are. Untangling would be quite complex. But the 50 states came together; they can figure out a way to split apart, especially if it meets the needs and concerns of both sides.

Kenneth Dym



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To the editor: “Reasonable” people may yelp in fear or outrage or dismissal, but I appreciate the fact that a letter writer took the trouble to verbalize his proposal that the Gazette published Tuesday, “Let regions of U.S. go their own way.” I don’t agree with the writer, but also I don’t disagree. And what might be the result if …

Joshua Mintzer: Agrees with the notion of going separate ways

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

To the editor: I feel I must agree with the sentiment in the “Let regions of U.S. go their own way” letter published in the Gazette Tuesday. From its very inception, and at its deepest core, the United States has been composed of two significantly different cultures/mind-sets, continuously struggling against each other for supremacy, to the point of open warfare. …

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Mary Hall: On the matter of states going their own way

Monday, October 14, 2013

To the editor: At a recent climate conference in Springfield, I heard someone say that we, in the northern end of the Valley, live in a bubble. I had perceived this, previously, when traveling to a hearing in Springfield on gun-control legislation. The auditorium was too small for the overflow crowd while, outside, people were proudly holding a banner that …

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