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Letter: Governor needs to shift his priorities to protect lives

Letter: Governor needs to shift his priorities to protect lives

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Governor Parson visits SLMPD

Missouri governor Mike Parson addresses the media at SLMPD Headquarters after meeting with local leaders on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Parson visited Columbia and Cape Girardeau in addition to St. Louis to meet with local leaders before he calls for a special session in crime on Monday. Photo by Chris Kohley, ckohley@post-dispatch.com

Our eyebrows should be more than raised at the inexcusable remarks and inane actions by our state’s so-called leader, Gov. Mike Parson ("Missouri governor’s comments on coronavirus, McCloskeys raise eyebrows," July 20). Our eyebrows should be furrowed in anger. I know mine are.

As a Christian woman who believes deeply in the sanctity of life, I’m outraged that so many in elected leadership positions all over the country are abandoning their primary responsibility to protect our lives. In the dual crises of the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice, they are responding with abominable languor, dishonesty and enmity. Many leaders are glorifying violence, racialized hierarchies and economic empire between employing militaristic tactics against protesters, support for the McCloskeys and the rush to reopen an economy that, ironically, can only be whole if its participants are healthy.

It’s clear that our governor’s idea of moving on with our way of life includes sacrificing human lives, most often those of people of color, the immunocompromised, the poor, the unhoused and immigrants. It doesn’t sound like real leadership to me. If we claim to value the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we should elect leaders who value human lives appropriately — as precious and incalculably more important than any political talking point, any economic gain and certainly any governor’s standing with the good ol’ boys in Washington.

Katie Balfany • St. Louis

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