Bush all talk when it comes to compassion

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Compassion is defined by Webster as "a sympathetic consciousness of other's distress together with a desire to alleviate it."

It must be very hard indeed to mingle with thousands of poor, homeless, starving, sick, and dying people, bereft of any hope. It must be very hard to gaze upon them from a secure, safe distance totally insulated from the worst suffering.

However, it must be very easy with absolute authority to issue commands about troop and ship movements, about delivery of emergency supplies, and it must be very easy to sign a huge relief bill in the comfort of an air-conditioned luxurious office.

Compassion indeed!

It is a great virtue possessed by religious and non-religious human beings alike, but I've seen none of it demonstrated by this president, nor indeed, this administration.

Peg Studney
Oak Park

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