Sunday, December 1, 2013

THOUGHTS ON POPE'S STATEMENT ON HOMELESS


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The true character of our nation has unfortunately been revealed in some very unflattering ways in recent days.  Meals for the homeless on holidays that have been a tradition for years being disallowed by some communities.  Food stamps for the poor being cut.  Local, state, and federal funding for many greatly needed public services that are especially valuable to low income groups being markedly restricted.  The trend is widespread now, but has been in existence for years.  State mental hospitals closed, people with major mental disorders being released to half-way houses, meaning they often walked the streets during the day.  Low cost public housing unavailable or in very limited availability.  Millions unable to afford basic health care costs. Even in times of mass unemployment, government-supported work projects not initiated, even with the infrastructure in great need of restoration. We are still the most wealthy country in the world, the upper income levels among us are doing fine, but far too many people aren't.  The hearts of many Americans are extremely compassionate, the capacity to be caring for others as well as for ourselves is still there, but those in government leadership positions too often do not reflect this in the public policy they enact.  What is wrong?  Is money or narrow political bias trumping compassion and caring for one's entire community?
POPE: DEATHS OF HOMELESS NOT HEADLINED BUT DOW IS