There’s a national psychosis. It’s in the news every day.

Yet education funding cuts nationwide deprive future citizens of skills they’ll need to build our country. Health care for the mentally ill has been hacked away while severe cases are reported daily.

Unemployment assistance cuts hinder unskilled and other job-seekers who need work, and big companies either send jobs overseas or import cheaper workers.

Wages remain stagnant while the wealthy gain. An unconscionable 20 percent of U.S. children live in poverty.

Trains and roadways and bridges. Police services. Libraries. The list of needs goes on.

There is so much need to be addressed, yet the legislators who our voters (though few they may be) have put in office are possessed by this national psychosis – an obsession with curbing reproductive rights and abortion at any cost, no matter how much time and energy this takes from all these needs.

Dawn Leland

Portland