Re: “Cuts already have been devastating” (letter, 12-2).
The vast majority of individuals with HIV/AIDS have engaged in high-risk behavior involving sexual activity or illicit drug use. Ignorance is no excuse as
the risks are common knowledge.
To engage in these activities is a personal choice. Of course, we all have the right to make choices, but we don’t always choose the consequences. Infected individuals are in a difficult spot brought on by their own choices and related actions.
This raises a difficult moral socio-economic and ethical question. Should taxpayers be put in the position of paying for the resultant costs, whatever they maybe, of the irresponsible, voluntary choices of those now afflicted by a condition such as HIV/AIDS?
Should the answer be yes, then there is a further consideration. What is the taxpayer responsibility to the person who engages in a different high-risk behavior, such as gambling, to which there are multiple risks such as loss of property, home, family, employment and even risk of physical harm?
To keep things on the level playing field advocated by many social engineers, this person should be entitled to the same assistance that is rendered to the HIV/AIDS individual.
To make this latter individual whole may be a very costly proposition to the taxpayers. Failure to consider this unfortunate individual borders on hypocrisy. There are, of course, ever expanding areas of social spending with costs increasing geometrically. A line must be drawn.