A sad sight on this July 4th were the beggars on every corner of Broadway. It kills me that some people have so little. . . I keep hoping for the end of this era of mindless consumerism, monstrous greed, unthinking “patriotism” (Rambo and shouting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”), and callousness toward the poor and unfortunate.