Each month, The Oklahoman's editorial board recognizes a contributor to Your Views for a letter to the editor that presents a point of view in a cogent and timely way. Bill Atkins of Oklahoma City is the honoree for letters that appeared last month. His “Time to look inside” letter was published Nov. 18 and is reprinted below.
Meet the writer:
Bill Atkins is a national account consultant for Chicago-based Point Management. A native of Arkansas, Atkins moved to Oklahoma in 1975 and has an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree from Oklahoma City University. Atkins, 56, and his wife, Sharon, have one son, Jeff.
Time to look inside
Recent events at Penn State exemplify our attitude that all problems belong to someone else. We see or know of something wrong, report it to someone else, and our work is finished. When nothing is done, we condemn those who did nothing. We condemn our government and big business but we elect our officials with our vote, or lack thereof, and we support business with our spending.
According to High Beam Research, 37.8 percent of our voting-age population cast ballots in 2010. Apathy is our biggest enemy, not our government or business community. We're all called to live moral lives. We will be judged by how we live, but the sex lives of the rich and famous have nothing to do with us — yet they're treated like breaking news.