Politics

Give A Helping Hand

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There will always be people in any society that through no fault of their own cannot provide for themselves.  There will always be those that fall on hard times that need some assistance getting back on their feet.  That is a need that a civilized society must address.

What a civilized society must not do is place barriers in the way of those trying to improve their lot in life.  Unfortunately entitlement programs meant to aid those less fortunate people provide no way out of poverty.  Instead they turn public assistance programs into the family business.

It would be far more productive, not to mention compassionate to provide folks in need with the necessary tools to become productive members of society.  Apprenticeships, affordable further education for all and good paying jobs would be a good start.

Instead of burying young adults just starting out in life with student loan debts make state colleges an option for every child in America.  Without hope children become vulnerable to many of the evils in the world.  Self medication becomes a means of escape from their reality.  Gangs and terrorist groups welcome them with open arms.

It is time for the United States of America to stop being a welfare country and make this the land of opportunity our forefathers had in mind.  Free safe, dependable daycare centers where parents can leave their children knowing they are in good hands would allow many parents the ability to be gainfully employed that otherwise could not.

Entitlement programs assume that those in poverty must stay there.  For some that may very well be the case.  But, the great majority living on public assistance receiving food stamps would much rather have the ability to make their own choices in life.  All they need to achieve the American Dream is an opportunity to do so.

Although President Trump’s budget proposal may not be the end all, it is certainly a step in the right direction.  It does have many things in it that will point this country in the right direction.

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Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley

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Newly confirmed to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch will be hitting the ground running.  Gorsuch along with the eight other Justices of the Court will rule on many cases.  Their decisions will shape this Nation.  One of the first cases Gorsuch will be involved in will be Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley.

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Trinity Lutheran applied for monies from a state grant offered by Missouri to nonprofit groups seeking to provide a safer recreational environment for children.  It was Trinity Lutheran’s wish to replace the gravel on their preschool playground with recycled rubber.  Although Trinity Lutheran is a nonprofit and did intend to use the funds to make a safer play area for preschool children they were denied funds due to their religious affiliation.

It is clear that ground covered with rubber is much safer for children than when covered with gravel.  That is the only thing clear about the grounds of this case.  We now have nine Justices well versed in the law to debate and rule on the legalities of the matter.  We will have to trust them to rule appropriately.

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All children require a safe environment to play in.  To exclude children based on religion seems discriminatory.  Safe playgrounds across this country are utilized by children after hours.  Neighborhood children congregate at the closest one irregardless of their religious affiliations

President John F. Kennedy once said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.  If Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbus, Inc. is willing to step up to the plate and provide a needed service should they be penalized for practicing what they preach?

The issue is much larger than the needs of a preschool playground.  Religious organizations provide many services.  Homeless shelters, free meals to those in need, elderly outreach, food banks and much more rely on their generosity.

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To exclude these bastions of good deeds from State and Federal funding simply because of a religious affiliation hurts those most in need.  Although it may be due to the religious beliefs of those providing the service, that they do so.  The services they provide have nothing to do with religion.