September 11, 2015

Letters to the Editor

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No letters were printed this week; here are the letters from two weeks ago:

Poet’s powerful words should inspire us to ‘meet Jesus’ in others each day

This letter is in response to Tom Rillo’s poem, “I Met Jesus Today,” which appeared as the “My Journey to God” submission in the July 31 issue of The Criterion.

How inspirational! I challenge parents to ask their children at dinner each evening, “Where did you meet Jesus today?”

Perhaps teachers in our Catholic schools could have the students keep a journal for a week to answer this question.

Thank you, Mr. Rillo. I met Jesus today in your words in The Criterion.

- Connie Ortman | Brookville
 

Reader: Christians are called to care for the poor, the hurting and the sick

This is in response to the letter to the editor printed in the Aug. 21 of The Criterion. To put it bluntly, I am appalled at the letter writer’s response.

I cannot imagine what his “take-care-of-yourself” attitude would mean to babies born with birth defects through no fault of their own or their mothers.

Who decides which baby receives care? Who decides which veteran gets a prosthetic arm or leg, and which one does without?

I guess the letter writer knows you only get cancer or multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy if you don’t take care of yourself—but I sure don’t.

Who decides who gets treated for cancer and who doesn’t? Does the cost of the operation mean someone sits with a big book and checks who gets care and who doesn’t? In a family of eight, do only the first five get care?

I recently read something and I will paraphrase it: Unless you are willing to do what Jesus asked, take care of the poor, the hurting, the sick, the disenfranchised, then let’s all admit that we aren’t really Christians at all.

- Sandy Neidigh | Columbus

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