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Quick fixes don’t fix this country’s problems


Archbishop Thomas Wenski’s May 7 Other Views piece, Our broken incarceration policies, reads like Isaiah 30:4 as sung in the overture to Handel’s Messiah: “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness.”

We should promote effective crime-prevention programs that include rehabilitation, education, substance-abuse treatment and programs for probation, parole and reintegration. We should also insist on immigration reform, sensible gun-ownership regulations, a living wage and equal pay for women.

But doesn’t Wenski understand we are too busy right now to do these things? They take money and common-sense legislation and the community’s willingness to foster such programs. Doesn’t he remember when we were too busy to spend time teaching poor and minority citizens how to become part of our country’s fast-growing economy? Instead, we gave them welfare so that we could get on with the business of building up America for the rest of us?

That’s American exceptionalism — quick solutions. We are still much too busy for lengthy conversations on how to heal our nation’s broken policies. Maybe after the next elections.

Jim Crowder; Miami

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