Letters to the Editor

'It is what it is' isn't good enough

It is beyond imagining that Gen. George Washington, witnessing the starvation and death that stalked his army at Valley Forge, would have reported to the Continental Congress, “It is what it is.”

It is inconceivable that President Abraham Lincoln would have concluded his letter of condolence to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, who lost five sons in the Civil War, with the soothing words, “It is what it is.” It is unthinkable that President Franklin Roosevelt, in the depths of the Great Depression, would have proclaimed to a dispirited nation, “This generation of Americans could have had a rendezvous with destiny, but it is what it is.”

Ronald Ritchie

Robins

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