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ljm2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-04-08 06:04 PM
Response to Reply #116
141. Hmmm, you seem to be missing my point a bit...
...in that I do not advocate only treating symptoms -- I tried to be pretty clear about that. It is indeed a recipe for disaster to ONLY treat the symptoms. However, when needs are urgent, it is also a recipe for disaster to NOT treat the symptoms. Sometimes that is the only thing you can treat in the short time frame, while working on the causes for the longer time frame.

Look. I didn't even DISAGREE with the points of the original poster -- and especially the point that the media, by focusing on the "feel-good", "do-gooder" stories while ignoring the root causes based on policy, have done us all a great disservice and this has contributed materially to our inability / unwillingness to address root causes. All true. But it does not follow that the do-gooders should not continue to do good, nor that others should dismiss that work as "only" treating the symptoms. As I have repeatedly tried to point out, there are many times when treating the symptoms is life-saving. And we need to do both.

One more thing. Please in the future refrain from the pointless little jabs. Not terribly productive, what? We have enough pissing contests on the board right now.
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