Speak for those less fortunate

I certainly hope that every registered voter uses his right to vote in Ohio and West Virginia during this primary election and again in November. We know that there is a wide wealth gap between the 1 percent and the rest of the nation. We have asked our senators and representatives to work for the people and not big money – coal, oil and gas, utilities, pharmaceutical companies and mega farms.

We need to choose people who will vote for a living wage, no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans benefits. One episode of my favorite show, “NCIS,” focused on vets and homeless people. The good doctor made the statement that there are about 60,000 vets who are homeless. That is a crime. Many proclaim to support the troops and then allow them to live on the street after serving our country.

After the Supreme Court supported the need for more regulations by the EPA, some of our elected officials spoke against this. They are speaking against us, the people of Ohio and West Virginia. They are speaking for the big coal, etc. If my health would have permitted, I would have been in Washington, D.C., in front of the White House along with the people from Nebraska and South Dakota asking the president not to permit the building of the Keystone Pipeline.

Some in Congress would cut food stamps, unemployment benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education, our infrastructure, but not the elephant in the room – the defense budget.

As a Catholic Christian, I have long been an advocate of social justice. As Christians we wear the shoe of charity and the shoe of social justice. Charitable works help meet basic needs for a short term such as serving meals to hungry, donating money, food, and clothing to pantries and clothing closets.

Social justice works to remove root causes and improve structures by advocating for living wage, expanding access to affordable housing, creating jobs, improving education and supporting environmental protection laws.

We need elected officials who will work for these issues. As an average citizen, we need to contact our elected officials to let them know we support the above issues. If we do not speak for those less fortunate, then who will do so?

Margaret Meeker