Letters to the Editor, March 27
Faith-based defense of Affordable Care Act
When political ideology conflicts with Christian values which should prevail? The words in "red" in the New Testament are clearly embedded in my memory from Sunday school and Vacation Bible School classes I attended as a youth. These words of Jesus are the prism through which I make political and personal life decisions.
Most of our state Legislators and Governor profess to be Christians. Yet they are denying coverage for over 161,000 Tennessee citizens under the Expanded Medicaid provision in the Affordable Care Act, because it conflicts with their political ideology. Do you believe Jesus would agree with that decision?
Most of those eligible for this coverage are "working poor", many are older people and a large per cent are children. The cost would be paid in full by the federal government for the first few years and then the state would incur small incremental increases each year up to a maximum of 10% in 2020.
Imagine a state Senator, Representative, Governor or a supporter of theirs being told by a constituent "I have a child with a disease who will die without urgently needed medical care which we can't get because you denied us insurance. How can you claim to be good Christians when your only excuse is "I rejected insurance for you because of my political beliefs? I'm sorry if your child dies".
Why aren't more of our ministers, Sunday school teachers and church leaders not speaking up and declaring that this is not right? Jesus clearly cared for the poor, the powerless, especially children and taught us to do the same. This is a moral not a political issue. Let your voices be heard by our elected officials.
Charles J. Rogers
Week of the Young Child
Young children in Bedford County deserve the best that we can give them. I work closely everyday with child care providers in the county. Through my work I see that they are doing a great job already in providing for our young children. I would like to urge others to support them as a community.
Week of the Young Child (April 6 -12) is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.
We can show support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, such as the Imagination Library, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our pubic policies support early learning for all young children.
Furthermore, parents can access information and resources related to the well-being of chilfren at a new Tennessee website, www.kidcentraltn.com.
Week of the Young Child is a time to remind us that Early Years are Learning Years.
South Central Child Care Referral Specialist
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