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At the time of year when Christians celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we should all remember what he grew up to teach the world.

From his humble birth to poor homeless parents who were denied shelter, he grew to be a moral and spiritual giant who showed us how to live.

Jesus told us to welcome the stranger, to feed the hungry, to shelter the homeless, to care for the sick and hurting ones among us and to turn away from hate and to embrace love.

I hope that Republicans will remember Jesus’ teachings when they think of the millions of American children who are benefiting from CHIP. These are children whose parents work, but have no insurance and make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Is it okay if these children, many of whom are being treated for cancer and other life-threatening conditions, lose their healthcare? Does that line up with their Christian values? Do we also have no room at the inn?

I urge them to heed the words of Jesus when he said that whatever is done to the least of his brethren is also done to him.

A three-month extension is not enough. Renew CHIP for the year and adequately fund it. If we can give huge tax breaks to billionaires, we can do this.

Karen Hermansen

Mount Pleasant

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