Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

August 8, 2013

The importance of being local

(Continued)

In an earlier and more sensible era, many folks worked at jobs they didn’t particularly like – it was called “earning a living.” Now millions expect the government to support them, cradle to grave. And, to our shame, the government does so. Of course, that “government money” is actually money obtained from legitimate taxpayers such as yourself.

And, to step on some local toes, I believe if one were to canvass the people who line up for free groceries at churches, pantries and so forth, one would find that they are the same people, same families, generation after generation. They’ll never change as long as the free stuff keeps coming. Why should they?

I must include here a mention of the woman who once wrote a bitter letter of complaint to the local newspaper. In it she whined that every year she could remember they had always gotten a turkey with their Thanksgiving food basket. This year they only got a chicken! Apparently ruined their big family celebration.

Do-gooders and bleeding hearts tell us, “But these people have never been raised or trained to have a work ethic.” Possibly, if sadly, so.

It would be entirely proper to call upon these burdens-on-society to be conscience-stricken, but they have no conscience. A conscience is another quality they didn’t get along with a work ethic.

I firmly believe hunger would be a powerful incentive to find some sort of useful work, even if it was the “kind of work Americans won’t do.” Note the use of the word “won’t,” not “can’t.”

Best regards to those who can work and who do so.

Norm Voiles

Rushville

P.S. I draw Social Security and am a strong believer in the program, but even it is long past due for updating and reworking to make it viable down the road.

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