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Letters on sexual harassment, government shutdown, government's moral obligations

Jan. 24, 2018 at 11:39 p.m.


Just cover it up

So the women all wore black at the Golden Globes (news story, Jan. 8) to make a statement about sexual harassment.

Well, my statement to them is if women would dress properly and not try to show all their naked skin and let it hang out, maybe men wouldn't be enticed to harass them.

Bobbie Wallace, Gladewater

Foolish behavior

The government "shuts down." How much longer do we allow foolish government behavior go on? All this finger pointing, one party blaming the other, trying to make the other party out the villain so votes can be obtained. I mean really, when is it going to stop?

It's also strange that many government workers won't be paid during this "shutdown" except for those who couldn't see to it this didn't happen in the first place. Yes that's right, the folks who FAILED to avoid this continue to get paid. If the shutdown effected their pay, it probably wouldn't happen.

Another puzzling thing to think about. What does the word "illegal" mean? If you are in this country, in our states, in our cities and towns and do not have valid documentation, you are here illegally.

I could go on and on about this, but I believe most people get the gist of the problem. It's a pretty simple world, full of complicated people.

Thomas Jefferson stated many many years ago, "That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."

Patrick Roberts, Ore City

Moral obligations

Health care has been touted to alleviate disparities. I've been taught to always work hard at alleviating disparities in access to care and ability to pay, but how can I do something about a patient not being able to afford a medication if that same patient is also homeless, unemployed, hungry and uneducated on maintaining their health?

Our patients present in the emergency room, exhibiting many of these kinds of social issues, but where are the pipelines to get them fully well?

Tossing some free pills at someone who doesn't have food, shelter or a living wage doesn't do very much in dismantling cyclical poverty. We must rethink our idea of alleviating disparities and take a more comprehensive vantage point that enlists every subset of our population.

We must render our systems the resources they need to combat these interconnected issues, and we must demand that our elected leaders focus their energies on helping us overcome these challenges. It's not for the benefit of those of us are privileged enough to peruse this article on our iPhones or to read it in our free time, but for the benefit of those who don't even possess the necessities to enjoy America.

Al Gilani, Dallas

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