To the editor: I understand that Gov. Mike Dunleavy is pro-life. He based his line-item veto of part of the court system budget on his anti-abortion mind-set. An argument can be made that, at some point during fetal development, an unborn fetus is alive and a human being. That view is not supported by the Genesis account (Gen 2:7-8), but let us posit that at some point a fetus is a human and is sacred, worthy of protection.
Many spoke at the town hall meeting July 3 at Pioneer Park, some with worries: no ride to a doctor appointment, no money for medications, no shelter when homeless, no art in the schools, crippled education for themselves or their children, no Big Sister role model, no shelter from a battering spouse.
Each of those present at the town hall meeting was sacred and worthy of protection.
Why would a governor espousing a “life is sacred” belief turn his back on so many of those in need? Is it that a human life is sacred only up until it is born and then can be ignored, discounted, forgotten? “But master, when did we ever see you naked and clothe you, or homeless and give you shelter, or hungry and feed you?” We have the means in this state to meet the needs of the poor in need of medical attention, of the homeless, of the hungry, of those seeking an education.
If we feel that human life is sacred, then we, as a state, need to act like it by supporting the agencies and programs vetoed by the governor.
Taxation is a legitimate form of raising revenue to help pay for services citizens need and/or want. Every state in the United States uses income or sales taxes or both to raise revenue. Except Alaska.
Would we treat family members the way the governor wants to treat the least of us? Kid’s teeth rotting out? Too bad. Sister’s expensive meds not covered by a federal program? Too bad. Uncle thrown out of his apartment for a PTSD-related disturbance? Too bad. Yeah, all life is sacred.