Mennonite Publishing House retireesby Luke M. Drescher, Harrisonburg, Va.
Regarding Carl Smeltzer’s letter in Readers Say (“Pay Debt to MPH Retirees,” April 1): I applaud Carl for bringing this to the public’s attention. He suggests a pattern that seems all too prevalent in our Mennonite institutions.
I am slightly opposed to the health-care proposal by Mennonite USA that would cover our pastors first. I have a great fear—as stated by Carl in reference to Mennonite Publishing House retirees—that once this is done the rest of the churches’ needy will be forgotten. I see this as “getting the cart before the horse” logic.
MPH retirees are owed their full pay. The poorest and those in greatest need for health care need to be taken care of first, not just if something is left over.
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