Caring just doesn’t cut it | AspenTimes.com

Caring just doesn’t cut it

Dear Editor: In response to Sven (Letters, Sept. 26) (again): I’ll be glad to take a soak and “ruminate my commentary on breeding a welfare class” just as you suggest. In fact Sven, I’ll examine my entire thought process while taking a much-needed soaking. I am aware that a good soak, as you suggest, can bring about some sense of heightened “enlightenment.” I thank you for the suggestion and I know you offered such because of your caring spirit.That’s what I like about “caring” people like you, Sven. For better than 50 years we have “cared” for people who live in poverty. We told them we care. We go around spouting to the media how much we care for them. It must be true! If caring were enough to help people who live in poverty, we would just about have the poverty issue beat. But alas, caring without effort accomplishes nothing. Expecting poverty to end by throwing dollars upon dollars without expecting any personal responsibility is not compassionate but downright evil.All of us learned at some point how to take care of ourselves either through parents, relatives, friends, churches or just plain life knocking us down. As I asked before, Sven, how do you expect people to take care of themselves when it has never been required of them? Obviously our “great society” is no greater than it was when FDR signed on to the New Deal. Jim MorganAtlanta and Snowmass Village

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