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10/31/2013 1:41:00 PM
Help the poor?

To the editor:

I am writing in response to last week's pathetic letter from the Goodhue GOP. The issue isn't nitpicking over the details of food stamps. Rather, should the government help the poor or not?

 The letter hints that the Democratic writers are satanic. ("The Deceiver" is a common nickname for the devil.) This name-calling reminds me of KKK rhetoric I heard when I lived in Georgia in the early 70s. Those haters loved to label their opponents as evil. There is no room for such hate talk in Cannon Falls today.

 Why did the actual writer of the letter hide their name in a crowd of 20? Come out from behind the curtain of the mob and have the debate in a fair and open manner.

 And what's with this citing of Old Testament verses as an answer to the gospel of Jesus? "Scriptural Gotcha" is the game the Pharisees were always playing with Jesus. When we read the Bible we have to look at the whole message, but find the essential.

 The heart of Jesus's teaching is found in the Sermon on the Mount - Luke 6:20. "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God."  Paul Martin, like the new pope, understands that providing hope and help for the poor is vital.

 There are a lot of us who think our government should be aligned with Christian values. Of course our faith inspires personal charity. But let us not be deceived. Some problems, like feeding the needy, require the larger resources only governments can provide.

Dave Paxson



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