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In America, anyone can make it

Dear Editor:

I enjoyed reading Paul Nitze’s editorial but have a few enlightening suggestions for him and the cultural elites of Aspen and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

In America, capitalism works. If it did not, Aspen would not be the thriving den of wealth that it is. The richest 1 percent of Americans, like Mrs. Pritzker, gives large quantities of money to charities to help the less fortunate.

In America, everyone has a chance to get a free education. Some of the less fortunate do not take it seriously and continue to live in poverty. That is not the fault of the “gilded agers” that Nitze refers to.

The gilded agers, most of whom are self-made, had a product, a talent or a service that they could sell and have reaped the benefits of the investment that they made in themselves, be that education, taking a risk on an investment or inventing something that people purchase.

The Dalai Lama seems to infer that the poor masses will rise up against the wealthy and take over the country and cause a communist state if we don’t give them more money or opportunities.

Last I checked, this is America, and everyone has a chance to make it here. I don’t see an uprising, I see an opportunity.

If I had some solutions, a few would be: Why don’t we ask the cultural elites who oversee educational initiatives to quit striving for minimal standards and expect more academically of our students? I would ask our entertainment moguls to aim for better forms of entertainment that stress family values, morality and self-fulfillment. I would ask the “poverty pimps” to quit saying that the government is what is keeping the poor down. And I would look at the parents to raise their children properly.

Each of these ideas don’t cost money, except to the people that oversee the programs. Rap music sells; wholesome entertainment may not sell as well. Poverty pimps like Jesse Jackson would be out of a job or need, if he demanded excellence from those that follow him. And the social programs would dry up as people became more self-reliant, which would cost those agencies federal dollars.

These would be an affront to the Aspen Institute. It would open the tent wider. And in Aspen, there are only so many slots for those private jets.

James Hairston

Dallas, Texas

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