Re: “Cost of care now rivals Vietnam” (TNT, 12-5).
As citizens, it is up to each and every one to make a space for the things we want to happen in society. Healing as “change” is a group effort. Merely voting leadership you like into office is not enough. Griping and complaining about lack of leadership is not enough.
Even paying taxes, writing letters, holding signs, and occupying small squares of public or private property can fall terribly short if the hopes that propel such efforts do not have enough conceptual space, real-life encouragement, funding and interrelated support and coordination from parties in many other seemingly unrelated on the face of it sectors. Government does not take place is a vacuum.
Additionally, it is not unusual historically that a network of support is required to address and assist the healing of a single individual or family, much less the tremendous numbers examined here. Healing can also take a lifetime, because it is a mental pathway of its own.
As a mere layperson, I am aware that the time, energy and dedication required to address a task of this magnitude as reported cries for no less than our best efforts, thought and consideration.