Internal Revenue Service

It all depends on how you define 'great'

In Don Winslow’s June 22 column, “America Has Always Been Great,” he failed to define what he meant by “great.”

It couldn’t apply to what we did to Native Americans, Africans and Mexicans, and later did to blacks with Jim Crow laws, lynchings and segregation.

It couldn’t apply to today’s epidemic of gun violence, the worst record in the industrialized world where, thanks to the NRA, there are more guns in circulation than there is population.

It couldn’t apply to our dysfunctional Congress, where lobbyists write the laws while members devote all their energies to reelection.

It couldn’t apply to the Wall Street bankers who caused a world-wide Great Recession...