Politicians love to say the sky is falling

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Mr. Riden (letters 17 April) provided me with a morning chuckle as it reminded me of so many who feel they know what is best for the unwashed masses (an infection in this instance) and then proceed to skirt around the reality of what it is they propose.

Mr. Riden managed to touch on every “sky is falling” issue that are [is] the growth industry in todays’ world.

About a hundred years ago, a great American writer observed “The whole aim of practical  politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”  H.L. Mencken, 1910

It  is readily apparent that nothing much has changed since 1910.

I conclude with two observations:

It is the Christiana Figuereses of the world who is one of the “. . . few (that) drink champagne while the many don’t have clean water.”

That Mr. Riden reread the last paragraph of his letter and follow through by taking appropriate steps.

J. H. Penner
Richmond, B.C.
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