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We should have 'equal access to the basics'

Dec. 5, 2011 at 6:05 a.m.
Updated Dec. 8, 2011 at 6:08 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

The Advocate has done a good job in supporting a local woman known for giving of her time and talent for the good of the community. Not only have you printed a news story about Clara Ramos, who is suffering from cervical cancer, you also wished her well in an editorial reflecting the views of the paper's editorial board. The editorial ended with notice of a barbecue being held to help defray her medical expenses.

Every time I see a group sponsoring such a barbecue, or a jar requesting help for a sick child beside a restaurant cash register, I feel the compassion of a generous community at work. At the same time, I feel ashamed. The dollar in a jar, or a $7 plate of barbecue, will come no where near covering medical expenses. We are not a poor city, nor a poor state, nor a poor country. Surely, as a united people, we can do a better job of providing medical care to all our neighbors without turning some into beggars.

As a nation we must put aside partisan politics, which has us assigning names like socialism to ideas. Instead, we should insist that our politicians do what they are sworn to do: Uphold the Constitution. Promoting the general welfare doesn't mean supporting the lazy. It means making sure that Clara Ramos, and all the rest of us, have equal access to the basics of life. One such basic is surely medical care.

Mitzie Stewart, Victoria

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