Make it easier to be good

Other VoicesBy Other Voices  Cleveland Plain Dealer Letters

We must find ways to make it easier to be good. We have a culture of death here and abroad. We have mass shootings and war zones in our country. Barbaric wars flourish in the Middle East and beyond. Fighting a war against a word like terrorism has backfired. Nations act as brokers and dealers in a global economic arena resulting in a new form of colonialism where nations find they must protect their interests everywhere.

We have raw capitalism. The free market is reserved for only a few. The free enterprise system is crushed. Millions have lost their jobs and their businesses. Free trade economics has failed and brought out the worst in us. A few are doing well while their neighbors get fired for the sake of more profits and stock values.

Pope Francis came and reminded us of the golden rule about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is no longer just a biblical phrase. It is the only practical solution we have left. The culture of death now even includes the selling of baby parts for profit.

President Obama calls for new gun laws, but many wonder what he means when he talks about the new world order. We need to make it easier for all to be good.

Ray Tapajna,


50 percent of young men in the inner cities are unemployed. A recent article in the Plain Dealer by a graduate student in Physics  at  Cleveland State University who made a study of odds of being caught in a crime, shows the percentage of risks in committing certain crimes. The lowest risk factor was stealing a car. When you have such a large percentage of  people without jobs, makes something like a stealing a car a way to survive.

We must find ways to stop making it so difficult to be good.  We must find more ways to stop living off the suffering of others who make the things we  use and consume not only in our country but across the globe.   We need to find more ways to create decent paying jobs.  A new working poor class is now in place and it is not working.  Workers in places like Walmart,  McDonalds and in big box stores need government assistance to survive.  Our economic day has been turned upside down with the production workers middle class being destroyed.  We must also note  that more than a million workers in the computer industry have lost their jobs too due to free trade economics.