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Letters: Rebalancing The Tilting Board



Lately, it seems life in this country resembles a game we played as kids, the one where we manipulated two controls in order to balance a tilting surface and keep steel balls – which in this example I’m going to suggest is us – from falling through holes drilled in the tipping board.

Our goal, of course, was to steer the little balls through the numbered, tilted maze to the center of the board for a win, squealing when the balls rolled closer and closer to the holes or we survived the plunge and made it through to the center.

Now, as we navigate 21st Century lives and a tilted board with bigger and bigger holes we fight for control as other fingers seek control of the game board. Our board seems slanted against us, fixed against meaningful progress, and other players report attempts to roll back advances on their boards, as well – and we are left to wonder who these new players may be, and what they want.

And the short answer to that question is: they want power and control over others. And that’s why I intend to exercise what little power I have as a citizen to regain control of my board.

What’s happening in our country is neither fair nor American. And what they are doing is making me really, really angry.


Anne Marie Cullen/ Walnut Creek


  1. I know who I’m against, who I don’t trust and who I don’t want to see leading the country in any way. We’ll see how many other people feel the same way soon.

  2. I’m actually shocked by this letter and the responses. Strip out the game metaphor and what you have is someone arguing for control for the sake of control. The Democrats have control over all parts of government right now, and we have inflation at 40 year highs, open borders, massive numbers of homeless, rising crime, threats of nuclear war on two fronts, and the Orwellian installation of a Ministry of Truth. I’d say the Democrats are in full control of the board and the result is not pleasant. Same at the state level where it is literally impossible to blame conservatives for anything under this several decade one party control. How’s that working out?

  3. Its taking control of an airplane in rapid descent and in danger of crashing. It may require more clear thinking and vision than this country is currently able to conjure, but I’m hoping for the best.

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