I would like to respond to Mr. Matthew Hollins' comments about the recent letter that was submitted to the Advocate. Mr. Hollins is correct in that a lack of morals is one of the biggest problems facing the world today. I also would like to say that what is socially unacceptable to Mr. Hollins or myself may not be unacceptable to someone else. It is not our duty to judge people.
There are far more important issues facing our country. I'm more concerned about the third straight year of increases in the rise in poverty and the uninsured than I am over gun control. 1.3 million more Americans fell into poverty in 2003. 1.4 million more Americans were uninsured in 2003. There are now nearly 45 million Americans without health insurance. The most dramatic rise in poverty was in the children under 18 portion where we have roughly 17.6 percent of the population living in poverty. I'm also concerned about the record $485 billion federal deficit that has run out of control under the Bush administration.