The growth of the population of poor folks in America, and the disdain and disregard for them, affects the quality of life for all of us. We are all related as human beings, and the quality of life for each person impacts our collective quality of life.
Big sports at big colleges are big business for both the schools and the surrounding communities. The control and protection of money in so many of our institutions is a leading cause of institutional moral failure -- and the Penn State scandal is a colossal moral failure.
Whenever a new budget or deficit reduction proposal is put forth, somebody should ask how it will impact the poorest and most vulnerable. This is a biblical question, a fair question and a question of justice.