- - Sunday, December 15, 2013

Are many of our elected officials socially deaf, dumb and blind? Do they not have eyes to see with, ears to hear with and a brain to think with? Or could it be that they have discarded their consciences, abandoned their souls and lost their ability to adhere to the Golden Rule?

“Out of sight, out of mind” just does not hold water when we are talking about veterans freezing out in the streets, whole families penned up in bleak homeless shelters or children who have been denied basic medical care — and this by politicians who have no idea (or concern) for what it is like to be without hope or prospects.

And yet, through all of this and more, many of those elected politicians who are gifted with an exceptionally good life by way of the taxes that are paid each and every day look down their noses at the less-than-fortunate. Have we grown so cold or so inured to the sight of such hardship that we now have adopted the immortal words of Marie Antoinette: “Let them eat cake”?

H. RICK TAVARES
Campo, Calif.