Public sidewalks lead straight to socialism | Letter to the editor

Posted 9/14/20

As a local and respected conservative spokesperson I’ve been asked during this election season to remind everyone of the dangers of “Sidewalk Socialism.” 

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Public sidewalks lead straight to socialism | Letter to the editor

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As a local and respected conservative spokesperson I’ve been asked during this election season to remind everyone of the dangers of “Sidewalk Socialism.” 

Right under our feet is this glaring example of the government providing free stuff for everyone. Where will it end? You don’t see the Trump Family using sidewalks! They know the evil of accepting government freebies. If Republicans stand for anything it is to get the government out from underfoot.

How come sidewalks are available to everyone no matter their race, religion or height? No means tests, no drug tests, no forms to fill out. All this nondiscrimination because of a creeping socialism wrecking our nation!  

During the Trump administration Republicans have been encouraged to disparage veterans, the handicapped and anyone that went to college in a state different from theirs. 

But conservatives are overlooking another real danger to our Republic.  Sidewalks are the Trojan Horse of Socialism. What does providing sidewalks teach our children? That the government wants you to walk safely out of the street? No! Sidewalks are a gateway drug to socialism. Sidewalks lead directly to libraries, schools and parks. 

We conservatives know what a mistake free libraries and free education has turned out to be. Don’t get me started on all the great real estate that has gone to parks so even immigrant children can frolic unproductively.

I am asking all True Trumpsters to stay off the sidewalks until the election. Show your contempt for free stuff. No handouts for us! Stride boldly down the middle of the street to make your stand against socialism.

Gary Novak
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David Thielk

Gary, I think you should have your own weekly column!

Monday, September 14
Tom Camfield

Been waiting for my favorite commentator to show up here; and it would, indeed, be great to look forward to him every week. I also want to get in a few words about sidewalks—from the FDR year of the Great Depression. Been a while since Roosevelt put out work programs for the unemployed back in the ‘30s. “The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was an ambitious employment and infrastructure program created by President Roosevelt in 1935, during the bleakest years of the Great Depression. Over its eight years of existence, the WPA put roughly 8.5 million Americans to work. Perhaps best known for its public works projects, the WPA also sponsored projects in the arts – the agency employed tens of thousands of actors, musicians, writers and other artists.”

That was about the time I was starting grade school. A few years ago when I still had a dog and we both could walk. I stepped off the end of a sidewalk Uptown. There impressed in the cement was the message that it had been installed by the WPA in the 1930s. It’s likely still there.

I seem to recall that the CCC also was active in the Eastern Jefferson County area. “Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), (1933–42), one of the earliest New Deal programs, established to relieve unemployment during the Great Depression by providing national conservation work primarily for young unmarried men. Projects included planting trees, building flood barriers, fighting forest fires, and maintaining forest roads and trails.”

Monday, September 14
Marge samuelson

Nicely written. Just one thing, Freebies are non-existent. We pay taxes for everything we have in this country. People forget that.

Tuesday, September 15
Bonnie Story

Bravo! I would add that access to nutritious food, bodily autonomy, and a decent balanced education only leads to healthy families raising smart pesky youngsters who ask questions, and grow up to be voters! Nip all that in the bud!

Tuesday, September 15