Leaving California

America's love affair with the Golden State is dead, says columnist in Dear John letter

Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Candice Reed brilliantly sums up how far California has fallen in the eyes of Americans, who for decades idealized the sun-dappled state as a land where bliss and opportunity converged. Now, says Reed, the place is beset with financial problems and devoid of its former sense of community. So her personal romance with California is over. “We can’t pay our bills, and the phone is ringing off the hook with creditors calling from all over the world,” Reed writes. “Children across the state are losing healthcare, more than 766,300 Californians lost their jobs in the last year, and we’re at the top of the foreclosure charts. You need to change, and you refuse to admit it. For the first time in our relationship, I’m embarrassed to say that we are together.”

Los Angeles Times

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