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Letter: Don't ignore those in need

Roger Bauman (Public Forum, Oct. 30), a rugged individualist out of Vesta, has the mentality of a lone cowboy obviously picked up during the Bush administration. The townspeople of Vesta must scatter to the winds when he rides into town armed with the assault weapons that I am certain he must insist upon with the same Clint Eastwood clamped-jaw style that identifies his breed.

What he does not realize is that when law and order came to the Wild West, life changed all around him with a judge and sheriff supplanting mob rule, with taxes collected to build courthouses, schools, hospitals and homes safe from the gunslingers who operated openly before civilized behavior became the rule in Deadman's Gulch.

Roger, taxation of any kind must be anathema to you, but you are looking in the wrong place for the answer to your question about having your pockets picked of your hard-earned cash by thousands of people suddenly thrown out of work through no fault of their own and declaring bankruptcy at an alarming rate. Taxation of any kind is always for the common good!

I would suggest that if you have a conscience at all, you look not for an answer in our Constitution, but in the Old and the New Testaments where holy men and Jesus in particular commanded our care for the poor, the destitute, the widow and the orphan.

In fact, Jesus tells a parable that suggests we are in danger of hell fire if we live abundantly every day and ignore those around us in desperate need. One of the most harrowing accounts in the entire Bible is the story of the rich man and Lazarus, a beggar, who sat at his gate, getting only crumbs from the rich man's table. And the rich man ends up in hell pleading for a single drop of water to assuage his thirst, but alas, it is too late to rectify his earthly life lived with total indifference to the plight of the poor! Oy, weh! Oy, weh!

Lee Paulson