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Letter: Seeking compassion from a nation with so much

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From: John Kinnaman


Once we led the world in caring and justice. And we set the example. Now we are so occupied with being well-entertained we can’t afford to help immigrant mothers and children.

My ancestors were immigrants. So were yours. They came here seeking opportunity and freedom. The aristocrats of their time stayed home. Now we are the aristocrats. And, like them, we don’t want our comfort disturbed. We sure don’t want our taxes raised. We hate potholes and recognize the importance of educating our kids and things like that, but please don’t raise our taxes.

For those of us who try to be Christian, Luke suggests, “To the man to whom much is given, of him much is required; the man to whom more is given, of him much more is required.” Who? Us? Well, no previous generation has had more.

As an old guy, I’m deeply concerned that our country’s future has become clouded with selfishness. Sadly, amnesty and compassion have become dirty words.

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