To the Editor:
We would like to express our concern about what we see as a moral crisis in this country. Each of us knows one or more persons or families who have been devastated by unemployment, housing foreclosures and/or cutbacks in education, health, mental health and social services.
We encourage you to see this as intolerable. In a country this wealthy, supposedly committed to justice and human dignity, how can we allow such insecurity and suffering to continue, in fact worsen?
The money is available. But as long as we refuse to insist that large corporations and the wealthy be taxed at higher rates, and until we end the wars and bloated defense spending, necessary services will not be there for us, our seniors and children.
Many of us on Martha's Vineyard are financially secure and may not be personally affected by this crisis. But we all must care. We have to act. We need to communicate with our representatives in the government and request that they act morally and responsibly on our behalf.
Sen. John Kerry: 202-224-2742/kerry.senate.gov/contact
Sen. Scott Brown: 202-224-4543/ scottbrown.senate.gov/contact
Rep. William Keating: 202-225-3111/ (email through internet)
Gov. Deval Patrick: 617-775-4005/ (email through internet)
State Sen. Daniel Wolf: 617-722-1570/ Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov
State Rep. Tim Madden: 617-722-2810/ Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov
Cynthia Aguilar - West Tisbury
Megan Grennan - West Tisbury
Faith Runner - West Tisbury
Sheri L. Thomas - Tisbury
Christine Swansey - Vineyard Haven
Trudy Carter - Edgartown
Thomas Dresser - Oak Bluffs
Carol Derry - Oak Bluffs
Rufus Peebles - West Tisbury
Karen Achille - Oak Bluffs
Thomas Hallahan - Oak Bluffs
Mimi Davisson - Oak Bluffs
Carherine Brennan - West Tisbury
Judith Bunge - Edgartown