Wealthy can buy power but the poor have no voice

There has been some discussion about the 1 percent of the well-to-do population who accumulate 85 percent of the nation’s wealth. This, of course, is a grave problem. It is a disquieting injustice that must be challenged. An even more troubling injustice in this country is our callous disregard for the poor.

I am sure that readers of this newspaper are aware that food stamps have been reduced and that the hope of extending unemployment benefits is dimming. I am also sure that we can all point to the fact that there are able-bodied people who refuse to work and who gobble up food stamps. They are few but they make us turn a blind eye toward the single mothers and working poor. Too many of the disadvantaged hold two jobs to make a living and often have no health insurance. These people are, unfortunately, invisible to us.

There are few in power who defend the rights of the poor. The poor and disadvantaged have no true lobbies in Washington, while some who are rich but selfish have fortunes that enable them to have an overwhelming and loud voice in the making of our legislation.

If you would like to do something for the poor, call your local library and obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of your senators and legislators. Write or call them. Be the voice for the silent poor.

Jean M. Lichtenthal