Mojo, my wife and I have just returned from several weeks of visiting children and grandchildren (Mojo is the goddog for the grandkids). As usual, upon return, Mojo spends several happy hours reading and rereading the paper. It is a great way to get caught up on what has gone on.
He was concerned to read that pre-K funding for the county might be negatively impacted by the sequester. It makes absolutely no sense to Mojo to undercut the next generation while purporting to save it from financial peril. It shows a lack of strategic planning. He is just thankful that people like Jim Dumm, the school board chair, are on top of the situation and will do their best to ensure that every child in Georgetown County has access to early education.
Mojo next drew my attention to bookend letters to the editor. One, written by Mr. HIlls, was opposed to Medicaid expansion. To Mojo’s way of thinking, this point of view is another example of lack of strategic planning. Like the old ad says, “pay now or pay later.” Mojo would add in terms of healthcare,"pay now or pay lots more later.” The larger the insured pool, the fewer people will use emergency rooms as primary care. Early access to primary care will cut the number of very serious illnesses. Remember, we all pay unpaid emergency room hospital costs. Mr. Hills’ argument against expanding Medicaid also left out the moral and ethical dimension. “When did we see you sitting in an emergency room as your only source of healthcare?” “As you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.”
The other bookend letter was from regular writer, Art Blenk. His letter took on the “Anti-Gun Crowd.” I’m sure Art is a fine fellow and Mojo admire his work with children. However, In Mojo’s opinion he needs to be careful about statements like, “the anti-gun crowd fails to understand the tremendous good that guns do for self-defense.” Mojo knows that my doctoral work was in criminal justice. He has often heard me quote a sobering statistic. If you have a handgun in your home, there is a 70% chance that it will be used by one member of your family against another member of your family. Think about that the next time you sit across the table from your spouse at breakfast or play with visiting grandchildren.
Thanks again to the paper for providing updates on what is going on in our community.
The Rev. Dr. Jim Watkins and Mojo
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