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Green New Deal is a goal

When I was a kid, my dad got me a two-wheeled scooter. I was afraid of it because I could imagine how awful it would be to crash if I tried it. My dad walked beside me while I tried to coast with it and suddenly I found my balance. I could actually ride the scooter when and how I chose. The opportunity that I had found was amazing.

Everything is an opportunity but it only works when we overcome our fear and get our balance. The Green New Deal is like that. It is not a proposed law. It is a goal like the Pledge of Allegiance where we say “… with liberty and justice for all.” Some Americans say they do not experience either liberty or justice. In practice these things are also an opportunity for a balance.

The Green New Deal will never be achieved totally or equally either. It is a goal toward which we can work. We define ourselves by what we seek. Our fears control and limit us. Our opportunities expand our possibilities and give us hope. Everything is a balancing act.

Allan deLaubenfels

Spokane Valley

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