Here's a letter I wrote this morning to the New York Times, with a link to the op-ed piece that it responds to:
The examples that Ross Douthat ("Romney's Mormon Story," Sunday, 8/12/12) offers of Mitt Romney's generosity reinforce the image of a man willing to help those in his immediate circle: he "shut down his business to hunt for a colleague's missing daughter," "helped build a memorial park when a friend's son died of cystic fibrosis," and "lent money to renters to help them buy a house he owned." Without wishing to deprecate the Republican candidate's generosity or his religious faith, I find these examples unconvincing evidence of a broadly humanitarian vision that cares deeply about the vast numbers of today's vulnerable and defenseless, both in this country and abroad. They are evidence, rather, of a narrow, even self-serving view that fails the test of the all-encompassing concern for humanity that is needed in a President of the United States today, in view of the huge challenges that our nation and our planet must imminently address. The economic vision they exemplify is equally parochial in its implications. Does Douthat envision a shining Salt Lake City on the hill?Given the volume of mail the newspaper receives, I suppose it's doubtful that my letter will see print. Still, worth writing, if only to clarify the thought for myself.
The basic question I would like to ask candidates and voters alike is this: Do you have plans for those less fortunate than yourself? If so, please specify.