I respond to the July 10 letter “Overdoses threaten limited resources” from Professor David McClough of Ohio Northern University.
McClough presented an academic ethical debate on whom we should let die based on money. Unfortunately, his letter represented much of the debate we see in government today, where money dictates what kind of policies our legislators consider and adopt.
But money is not policy. Good policy begins with a vision for a better future. Good policy is about shaping a better world that we will pass down to our future generations. Its foundation can be found in the ethical lessons we teach our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.
It is about how we seek to live and care for each other as a community, including those hardest hit by the opioid crisis.
After we decide what kind of better future we want for our kids, we can develop a plan to get there. A plan also offers us an opportunity to discuss money. However, money is not where we should begin the conversation. Rather than start with money, let us first decide what kind of society we want to be.