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Dear Dr. King, what would you do today?

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John Goodie of Gilbert is a Mesa park ranger.

John R. Goodie is a Gilbert resident and a Mesa MLK committee member.

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 7:00 am | Updated: 2:33 pm, Tue Apr 12, 2011.

As we prepare to once again celebrate the dream, life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr this weekend, I can’t help but wonder what his thoughts and actions would be on the many unsettling uncertainties of our country today. Dr King, known as a man who marched and championed the causes for humanity and all men, would indeed have his plate full. For the first time in a decade I’m feeling quite uncomfortable on where we’re headed, but I guess it comes down to what side of the fence you’re on with these issues facing our world, country, states and cities.

Dr King, I’m sending you this short letter:

Sir, we’re fighting in two wars, the name calling and major disrespecting of the presidents past and current is unforgivable, unemployment has gone wild, foreclosures are at an all-time high, our economy is in the tank. The politicians and politics in DC are off the chart as I’ve never seen before with cut-throat fighting between Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and a ‘tea party.’ And it’s not the one you remember in the Alice in Wonderland story. Sir, what would you think about same-sex marriages, ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy regarding gays within our military, our open borders, Arizona’s SB1070 illegal immigration law, and a  movement to changes the 14th amendment in our Constitution -- and who knows what next? Sir, I could go on about so many other things that are pressing.

Dr King, maybe I’m starting to get grouchy and show my age at 59 because I sometimes find myself changing from a mellow fellow to an angry male one who occasionally shouts back at the TV, talk radio and newspaper articles when I don’t agree with a political view and or statements etc. I know, Sir, at the same time I must respect the thoughts and views from others even if I don’t agree. However, it’s just makes me angry. You see, Dr King, we’re all somewhat angry and frustrated these days, and truth be told, many won’t admit it as their anger and frustration is silent.

Dr King, this weekend I personally need to reflect on your messages and historic quotes and do my best to live and lead by their intent and meaning. I, like many Arizonans and Americans across the country, will hopefully take a break from it all to reflect and celebrate your dream, vision and legacy of tolerance, unity, peace, brotherhood and love for humanity and one another. I really miss you, brother, and ponder: “What would you think and do today?”

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