Letter to the editor: Choosing wisdom and compassion

Protesters hoist their signs into the air outside of Sen. Pat Roberts’ office at the Frank Carlson Federal Building in July. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

We live in challenging times. The national and state budgets can keep politicians up at night. But why don’t we preserve what we have in place — the programs that have been in place for years and years? These are programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security for seniors and the disabled. Also, low-income seniors and the disabled rely on food stamps and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Seniors have worked their whole lives to have the benefit of Social Security and Medicare. The health insurance programs of Medicare and Medicaid should never have cuts. It’s simply immoral.

My grandpa was a Baptist minister for more than 60 years. In his semi-retirement from preaching, he worked as a wood refinisher. He had a shop in the backyard of their home that was built during the Civil War. My grandpa worked all his life, and cutting his Medicare would be cruel. Seniors and the disabled need to be cared for, and they don’t receive “entitlements,” in my opinion: they receive earned benefits. The word “entitlement” is overused and derogatory.

I often think of my grandparents and I often think of my disabled friends who feel vulnerable, especially with the tax bill. Government programs that benefit seniors and the disabled are necessary to preserve for future generations. With all the ignorance and hate going on in our state and nation, those of us who care about the less fortunate must rise up and choose compassion. Ignorance is rampant in today’s society. Wisdom cries in the streets, as the scriptures tell us in Proverbs. Let us choose wisdom and let us choose compassion.

REBECCA LYN PHILLIPS, Topeka

 

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