Surviving short-term

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Sara Goode cited the personal hurt and misfortune that emanated from the conservative takeover of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. (See: “Baptist leaders in stained glass,” Dec. 22). All radical change produces the same, even if for a good outcome.

In the American Revolution, some Americans sided with the British. Their homes were burned. Many were killed. Thousands of Loyalists moved to England.

Around 750,000 died in the American Civil War. Many survivors suffered far more than the depression that Goode cites as one result of those expelled from the seminary.

Assume that we knew (granted, we will never) that we could improve the future of the downtrodden but able-bodied by curtailing government programs that often foster dependency and worsen the situation our good intentions address.

Assume we then curtailed these programs. Much personal suffering would result in the short run.

Would Goode and others have the backbone to survive the carnage of the short-term, to improve the long-term?

— Mike Estes, Fort Worth

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