We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to help

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Don’t ex­pect me to pay for your prob­lems (Jan. 24)

What a self­ish and un­em­pa­thetic po­si­tion! In case you haven’t no­ticed, all of Burling­ton’s cit­i­zens, as well as all other in­hab­i­tants of our world, are mem­bers of our pre­cious hu­man race. In our so­ci­ety, hu­mans have the free­dom to choose where they will live. At times, some of our very close neigh­bours fall on hard times. Dur­ing such times rea­son­able hu­mans who em­pathize deeply with their neigh­bours have banded to­gether re­spon­si­bly to help out those in need as best they can.

Al­though I can cite many other sit­u­a­tions, we need look no fur­ther than the Syr­ian refugee cri­sis. Our gov­ern­ments and many of our sym­pa­thetic and em­pa­thetic cit­i­zens and in­sti­tu­tions have opened their hearts to these af­flicted peo­ple. Mis­for­tune can also visit you per­son­ally at any time. Let’s hope and pray that this never hap­pens. But should mis­for­tune be­fall you, many of the lowly cit­i­zens that you com­plain about will reach into their pock­ets to help prop you up, out of their mea­gre re­sources. Re­spect­fully, I sub­mit that you do have a re­spon­si­bil­ity. Carmen Frosina, Hamil­ton

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