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Letter: Gloomy Will is wrong; our future looks bright

Gloomy Will is wrong; our future looks bright

We have known George Will as one who plumbs the past and attempts to reveal its truths. In his March 29 op-ed, “Why the future will disappoint,” Will’s bleak description of the future reveals that he lives and belongs in the past. Will praises the “special century” (1870-1970) as the golden era, never to be surpassed.

Surely Will has read Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet,” which holds my favorite quote about one’s perception of the future: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

As a former public school history teacher, I was privileged to work with many fine young men and women who have made and will make great contributions to our country. Our nation has been wise enough to welcome millions of immigrants over the years who have blessed our country and will continue to do so in years to come. If we provide our people with excellent education, food and health care, our most important resource, our future citizens, will shine our light more brightly than any past era.

Perhaps Will should stick to writing about baseball – a subject that he knows and writes about exceedingly well. Unfortunately, Will’s analysis of history and economics reveals the Horatio deep within him. Heed not these beliefs. With progressive private and public policies and American leadership, our future will be brighter than ever.

Michael Toomey

Amherst