Th­ese vot­ers de­serve bet­ter

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

The March 22 news ar­ti­cle “A quiet life­line to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, threat­ened” de­liv­ered a poignant study of heart­land Ap­palachia in th­ese hard times. Four pho­to­graphs and an ar­ti­cle with nu­mer­ous per­cep­tive com­ments from res­i­dents in a hand­ful of Ken­tucky small towns con­veyed with clar­ity the chasm be­tween can­di­date and Pres­i­dent Trump’s de­ceit­ful prom­ises and the ac­tual lives of many Ap­palachian cit­i­zens.

Th­ese cit­i­zens (and oth­ers else­where) do not de­serve what their rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Congress are carv­ing out and pre­par­ing for them as they rush to judg­ment and ac­tion on the Repub­li­can pro­gram to “make Amer­ica great again.” Es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of health care and es­sen­tial pro­grams to pro­vide train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and mean­ing­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties to ad­vance in some of the most dev­as­tated parts of the coun­try, the ab­di­ca­tion of the Congress and the ex­ec­u­tive from their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as lead­ers is be­ing laid bare for the world to see. Th­ese are moral obli­ga­tions, not just po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions, and jus­tice de­mands that be­ing our broth­ers’ keep­ers has rel­e­vance far beyond read­ing about it in Scrip­ture.

David J. Rabadan, An­nan­dale

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