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Letter, 10/14: Not taking care of the needy

Letter, 10/14: Not taking care of the needy

Expanded Medicaid begins in Nebraska after years of dispute

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Nebraska will officially offer expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income people starting Thursday after years of political battles in the Legislature, a statewide ballot campaign to force the issue and a nearly two-year rollout that left some residents in healthcare limbo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Gov. Pete Ricketts fought Medicaid expansion tooth and nail, and then when it was forced upon him, his administration dragged its feet implementing it for almost two years, failed to set up a testing and contact-tracing system that adequately controls the spread of coronavirus and now declines to take advantage of additional SNAP benefits, this despite the fact that the other 49 states all are seeing the need.

This, folks, is what leadership failure looks like. Our multimillionaire governor sits on the iron throne and either cannot conceive of or chooses to ignore many of his people who are struggling to feed themselves and their children, can’t see the food banks being overwhelmed and offers no other solutions.

This is an administration that is morally bankrupt and politically inept, unable to take care of the basic needs of its own. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Christian or not, Democrat or Republican; who wants to look into the eyes of the hungry or sick child who lives down the road or maybe even in your own home and say to them that we have the tools to alleviate your suffering but we choose not to use them? How did we get here? We voted him into office and then reelected him not knowing that when crises arose he has nothing.

We’re quick to tout Nebraska values but slow to take compassionate action. Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his second inaugural address, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

By that measure, no progress is forthcoming, stalled at the top.

Steve Duden, Lincoln



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