Just say no to the Reagan legacy
Editor of the Reformer:
"There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers," said Ronald Reagan.
He was right insofar as Nancy Reagan is concerned. But in many ways it's not easy to point out how so much more harm this Hollywood couple did, than good, as they occupied the White House. That is because the twin legacies of a "Just Say No" draconian, racist drug war and their homophobic reaction of inaction doing nothing about the AIDS epidemic left Americans with two chronic, domestic gashes that never fully healed.
Many in the nation back then sensed that the election of a Grade B actor might be suitable for governor of California but to elect him as president of our country left a lot of people uneasy. The fact that he was an aging conservative Republican did not sit well, particularly with a thriving Just Say Yes youth culture that lived closer to its sunrise than it was to its sunset. Even in the context of popular recreational drug use, flipsided by a deadly epidemic of incurable proportions, the greater harm was done to our precious youth and their future.
Following the Reagan/Bush's administrations, young people then and young people now never had a snowball's chance under the sun of enjoying the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Never before has so much harm been done to so many people during peacetime. The fact that much of that harm continues to this day is a reason to reverse the excessive, saccharine accolades doted on Nancy Reagan following her recent death.
She simply doesn't deserve it.
Vidda Crochetta, Brattleboro, March 14