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March 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Metro transit, roads, Proposition 1: Fix the ‘me’ mentality

The pro- and anti-transit guest column pieces run in The Seattle Times are graphic examples of a serious problem that’s developed within our society since the 1980s [“Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30].

You could label the for-and-against positions present in these two articles as “we” and “me.” A core concept of our country is “we the people” not “me and mine.” The attitude that if a particular government program doesn’t benefit me directly then I’m against it is killing this country as sure as a nuclear exchange with the old USSR would have done.

Crumbling roads and bridges, decrepit school buildings, not enough police and fire — support the list goes on. Our predecessors paid to put this all in place and it is our duty to our fellow citizens and all of our children and grandchildren to stop worrying so much about “me” and start worrying more about “us.”

Jim Secan, Seattle

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