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Letters to the Editor

Faith, hunger

September 5, 2010

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To the editor:

On Thursday, I read of growing hunger in Kansas (page 1A), and the closing of a local food pantry (page 4A). Next to the report of the closed food pantry was a picture of gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback, notable as a senator for his solidly Christian viewpoint. It led me to wonder how his faith would guide him as our governor to act on problems like hunger.

I do not know, but perhaps a clue is in the report accompanying that picture, which was about a fundraiser for Mr. Brownback by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. In that story, and right next to the account of the closed food pantry, the Chamber president complains that the recent 1-cent sales tax increase “catered to the needs of those at the government trough.” I truly hope Mr. Brownback sees Thursday’s paper and prays on its meaning.

Comments

Jimo 4 years, 3 months ago

Hey, Sam's job is keeping them from being aborted. After that, the rest is God's problem, not his.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 3 months ago

Fine, fair question; what will Sam do?

But, Paul...the same question applies to you; to all of us; what will, or are each of us doing to treat this same problem? Should Sam as an elected official make us give, or should we out of our own charity and generosity step up without government mandate?

Remember when you point you do have three fingers pointing right back at you. I sincerely hope the current idea of government helping everyone with everything is just temporary. Perhaps I need to quote a former Democratic President again???? (You libs know I"ll do it; regardless of your dismay.)

denak 4 years, 3 months ago

Seems to me that Paul is less worried about the hungry and more about the fact that Brownback is Christian.

Perhaps Paul should stop assigning negative characteristis to an individual simply because of his faith and start doing something. Since Paul wants to imply that Brownback won't do anything for the hungry in our society because he is Christian, perhaps Paul can step up and do it.

But then again, it is probably just easier to make snarky little comments about someone based on their faith.

Dena

Jimo 4 years, 3 months ago

Seems to me that Dena is less worried about religious faith than in making snarky little comments about a guy asking pointing out the elephant in the room: the hypocrisy of politicians who wears their 'holier than thou' faith on their sleeve.

You can't serve the interests of the wealthy and also serve the interests of the poor any more than you can be in two places at once. Jesus was remarkably clear about his followers focus and obligation toward the poor and yet peculiarly silent about marginal tax rates, corporate welfare, gays, abortion and imaginary death panels.

So, Sam: would you please answer Jesus' snarky question? How will your government embrace the little children of Jesus living in poverty and need?

patchley 4 years, 3 months ago

It was an honest question. I am curious. I can't know his heart. I do truly hope he prays on it. My belief is that Mr. Brownback is a man of deep faith. I do not envy him for having to reconcile that faith with the desires of those that are funding his political career.

As for Mr._Right_Wing's comments, all I can say is that relying on individual charity is an excellent idea in theory, but poor in practice. Our government, which is you and me not some some secret cabal, should not do everything. But I would hope that the richest society in the world could decide that people playing by the rules, working and trying to contribute like the family in the paper this weekend, should not be "food insecure".

Or, take a conservative approach to it and see feeding everyone as an investment in reduced crime and lawlessness or a sign of our status. There is really no excuse for hunger in America.

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