I was a freshman in high school when the gym coach advised the class that President Kennedy had been shot. It wasn’t until I got home that I found out he had died. I was in a state of disbelief, but Walter Cronkite convinced me it was true.

I still remember Kennedy’s famous request to “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." I believe, however, that this is one of the most ignored requests in U.S. history. Watching the news clips on TV covering the various and frequent demonstrations throughout the country, I’m seeing and hearing more and more people demanding the country (government) do more and more for them.

From what I gather, it appears that many of those demonstrating are supporters of the Democratic Party, and should hold JFK in high esteem. Evidently, his famous words do not inspire them. If only the time, energy and money being put into staging these large and frequent demonstrations could be harnessed and directed to solving some of our social and economic problems. I’m positive it could make a difference.

Rick Skelley, Bloomington

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