Letters to the Editor (08/22/2012)


Thanks for boys Warrior support
On behalf of the Socorro Warrior Boys Basketball team and Coach Lawrence Baca, we would like to thank the following organizations and individuals who volunteered their time, donated money and/or items with the softball tournament that was held on July 28 and 29.
Tara Jaramillo, Eagles Club, D.A.V., Lawrence Montano, James Chavez, Michael Gonzales, Frankie Marquez, Jimmy Chavez, Kenny Brown and all the teams who participated.
We greatly appreciate all your help and support for our basketball program.
Lawrence Baca

Uncaring Principle not so easy to apply
For some time I have been pondering the problems of the American republic. It was not until I read the concluding paragraph of Gene Brown’s column on Saturday that I began to understand where we’ve gone wrong. That paragraph read, “It seems a dangerous thing to me for a citizen to exercise power over another citizen in the interest of ‘caring’ for them. The invisible shackles of ‘caring’ still bind tightly. That’s my nickel.”
I guess that it had never occurred to me that the problem with America is that people care too much. So I started to look for an example of how the Principle of Uncaring actually works, and pretty soon I came up with one from real life.
I know a woman who suffers from a severe mental illness that prevents her from holding a well-paying job. Nevertheless, under suitable medication she has worked hard at several part-time minimum-wage jobs simultaneously to support herself, but none, of course, included health insurance, and her income is too much to qualify for Medicaid. But without these she cannot pay for the only medication that helps her, so she is sliding back into insanity and is now unable to hold any job at all.
Of course in Europe or Canada or any other country than the U.S., her medication would be paid for if she couldn’t afford it. I’m sure that if she was in her right mind, she would be grateful that the efforts of Mr. Brown and his friends have prevented her from being bound by the invisible shackles of dependency on government interference, but right now she doesn’t seem to get it.
I know I shouldn’t care, but to be honest, it kind of hurt me to think of her homeless and living out of garbage dumpsters. When I felt that way I tried to use the mantra of the Tea Party. I closed my eyes and softly muttered, “I’ve got mine… I’ve got mine…” and hoped that those unwanted feelings of compassion would simply fade away, but it didn’t work as well as I had hoped.
My conclusion was that the Principle of Uncaring is easiest to apply the faceless poor. Everyone knows that if those poor were as virtuous as we are, they would not be poor and therefore need things like Obamacare. It is they, not us, who most particularly benefit from being freed from the shackles of caring.
I’m afraid that in spite of Mr. Brown’s arguments and my example, I’m nevertheless starting to slide back toward my old, politically incorrect feelings of caring. I guess this failure is at least partly the influence of one of the more important people in my life, a Jewish guy who lived about 2,000 years ago. He also never seemed to buy into the Principle of Uncaring, even when applied to the poor. Here’s what he had to say: “When you see somebody hungry and don’t try to feed them, it’s like you left me to starve.
When you see somebody sick and don’t get them medicine, when you could have, it’s like you left me to die of disease. The way you treat the poorest of the poor shows how you truly feel about me.”
That was Jesus’ shekel.
Fred Phillips