The contribution that St. Luke members made to ICA through our Change for Change program wasn’t much compared to the need, but the need is great, even in comfy Minnetonka.  But, – sorry about the cliché – every little bit helps.  Pennies, nickels, and dimes we put into the red pouch, coins we did fine without, were as real on the other end as they were on our end, the difference being that the person on the other end, a single mother and her infant in this case, did fine only because she received our coins and, of course, coins from many other sources.  Few of us would consider our lives fine if we had to live with her financial restrictions, but fine meant for her that she had diapers, enough food, just barely, and she wasn’t forced to move out of her apartment into her car.  She, I’ll call her Annie, lives the life millions of sober, working, tax-paying, law-abiding citizens in our country live.  Her employer doesn’t offer maternity leave though they were willing to hold her job open for her.  The father was laid off his job and had no money to help Annie with.  She planned ahead and saved as much money as she could, anticipating her and her baby’s needs, but she arrived at a choice few of us at St. Luke have ever had to make: does she buy food or pay rent?  Our coins, routed to Annie through ICA, paid part of her rent allowing her to spend her saved money on food.  ICA makes this assistance triage decision every day, solving solvable problems, patching a gap beyond which Annie is able to support herself.  ICA could help Annie because we and others like us put our coins in the red pouch.  She’s back at work and she and her baby are getting by.  St. Luke changes lives.

3506 Sunrise Drive West
Minnetonka, MN, 55345

June 30, 2015

Congressman Erik Paulsen
126 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative Paulsen:

Would you please communicate with Representative Boehner and the leadership of your party that the ACA is now the law of the land.  It was legally passed years ago.  The people reelected President Obama after he and his party made it the law.  Twice now the Supreme Court has certified its constitutionality.  What more do you need?

Please provide some reasonable leadership in your party.  Please turn the attention of the Republicans, or at least your own attention, to real problems our country faces.  The list is long:  Climate change.  Inequitable distribution of wealth.  Relieving the bursting population of our prisons.  Becoming competitive again in test scores of our students.  Reducing the deficit.  Redirecting our foreign policy toward peace rather than war.

When your grandchild asks you, “Grandpa, when you were a national representative, were you trying to stop war, preserve our environment, or strengthen democracy?” do you really want to answer, “No, I was attempting to embarrass the president, take health care away from poor people, and give more money to the rich.”

Thank you.

Grimly,

 

Chris Sullivan