LTE: President should serve as our moral compass

The president is supposed to represent the best of who we are as a nation. The president is who we point to as an example for our kids and grandkids to follow. He or she sets the tone for how we act and how we treat others. The president is the moral compass for America.

If we care about being a nation of wisdom…

LTE: Remember we debate with good intentions

The Dispatch has recently published multiple letters to the editor debating what constitutes facts and truth. The positions taken in these political letters suggest that society has begun to divide on the very foundation of reasoned argument: facts, truth, and evidence. When we cannot agree on a mutual starting point for debate, then how can we hope to resolve our differences?

I think most of us debate because we want to reach an outcome that helps the most number of people. We have different paths to get there, but our mutual goal is to improve society. We value understanding, empathy, and kindness in our families and for our neighbors. We know that the best outcomes for society are the same as those we want for our own children and grandchildren.

We debate because we want their future to be better than the world we have today. Remember that. Remember that we debate for the greater good, and that the facts and truth we bring to the debate affect whether we ultimately get there.

Tony Doucet, Dublin

LTE: Money shouldn’t be sole decider

I respond to the July 10 letter “Overdoses threaten limited resources” from Professor David McClough of Ohio Northern University.

McClough presented an academic ethical debate on whom we should let die based on money. Unfortunately, his letter represented much of the debate we see in government today, where money dictates what kind of policies our legislators consider and adopt.

But money is not policy. Good policy begins with a vision for a better future. Good policy is about shaping a better world that we will pass down to our future generations. Its foundation can be found in the ethical lessons we teach our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

It is about how we seek to live and care for each other as a community, including those hardest hit by the opioid crisis.

After we decide what kind of better future we want for our kids, we can develop a plan to get there. A plan also offers us an opportunity to discuss money. However, money is not where we should begin the conversation. Rather than start with money, let us first decide what kind of society we want to be.

Troy Doucet