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November 26, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Nation needs both kindness, creativity

I’m sick of the word entrepreneur. The current American glorification of this word as a solution to our economic woes and the key to America’s happy future is a powerful modern myth paraded as undeniable truth. The message is clear: If you do not have entrepreneurial DNA, you are basically worthless to our society.

America once had two magnificent hands. The first hand possessed creative might. Every day of our lives, we experience the creative might of the founders of Apple, Microsoft and corporations like Wal-Mart. It engulfs us. We worship it.

The other hand? That was the helping hand. It was the hand that taught the children, cured the ill, supported both the hungry and the needy, encouraged a living wage, aided the unemployed and honored the soldiers who fought our wars.

Earlier generations of veterans did not return to a nation who delayed their benefits and failed to pay tribute to their deaths.

Somewhere along the way, the helping hand was amputated, even became a societal pariah.

I long for the day when the phrase “helping hand” will not be forgotten by elected officials all over America and the word entrepreneur will not retain its immortal and immoral power.

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  1. The letter writer hit the nail on the head. Big Government has displaced the attributes which made America great: Individualism, sacrifice, and care and concern for others. We no longer have Government by and for the people. We just have Government controlling our lives.

    Carmine D

  2. The backbone of the U.S. economy is, and always has been, small American businesses. They provide the most jobs, the most opportunities, and the best venue for business competition. Not just the Wal*Marts, Apples, and Microsofts of the country. Sadly, Government makes it harder for the former [small businesses], and easier for the latter [Corporate conglomerates].

    Carmine D

  3. "@CarmineD you are all of a sudden against BIG GOVERNMENT? Wow when did this happen?"

    I had a sign displayed in my store, a family business I owned and operated for many years. It read:

    "We collect Federal, state and local taxes, and do a little business on the side."

    Carmine D

  4. Comment removed by moderator. Name Calling

  5. CarmineD - "The letter writer hit the nail on the head. Big Government has displaced the attributes which made America great"

    A completely false and invalid statement. It's "too big to fail" in the guise of corporate welfare and greed on a global scale that caused our problems. Until that knowledge sinks into your head and others like you we will always be at the mercy of those holding the wealth.

    Where else but a banana republic can a politician vote to increase their own wealth by voting to provide subsidies to there family business? Where else but a dictatorship can a politician gain information and secretly invest on insider trading? Where else can judges sit on a case holding stocks in big oil and decide the outcome of a big oil lawsuit?

  6. Sandra says "I long for the day when the phrase "helping hand" will not be forgotten by elected officials all over America..."

    Why "elected officials"? Seems like another case of wanting that "helping hand" to be somebody else's time/effort/money.

    What percentage of YOUR income/savings/possessions are you providing to those less fortunate than you Sandra? How many homeless people have you taken in? How much extra are you sending to the government beyond your normal tax bill (you can do that you know) to help fund programs for the less fortunate?

    Lead the way. Inspire others.

    Or is this another case of "the government should pay for it" along with "well, I already pay too much in taxes" that boils down to "OTHER people should be more generous as long as it doesn't cost me"?

  7. "CarmineD - "The letter writer hit the nail on the head. Big Government has displaced the attributes which made America great"

    A completely false and invalid statement...

    Where else but a banana republic can a politician vote to increase their own wealth by voting to provide subsidies to there family business? yada, yada yada..."

    Answer to your question Vernos: In a country where Big Government is accountable to no one and no in charge takes responsibility for the Government's actions. Sound familiar?

    Carmine D

  8. "You miss his point that the helping hand DID come from government!"

    No, I didn't. There is a line between a helping hand and a hand out. I favor the former, object to the latter especially when American taxpayers have to fit the bill for both.

    Carmine D