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Time for a new policy

Dear Editor:In response to the letter [on Sept. 9] about the “less fortunate” of us regarding the people of New Orleans. I am tired of the political correctness that has made this term acceptable. The term “less fortunate” means that somehow those of us who are not poor or living from paycheck to paycheck somehow got lucky in life’s “lottery,” and our hard work, effort and decision-making had nothing to do with our circumstances.Having said that, I think it is incumbent upon us to help these people (not refugees but American citizens) rebuild their lives and their cities. It’s our duty to make sure these people have an opportunity to make themselves better. The term “less fortunate” gives the idea that the people of New Orleans are not capable of handling their future. I find that idea offensive. How do you expect people who have rarely had to be responsible for themselves to act when it is required for them to do so? We have bred a welfare class for over 50 years that can’t seem to do better. It’s time for a new policy.I’m quite sure I will be flamed for this letter, but who has a better idea? It seems to me a good start would be not degrading these people as “less fortunate” but as people who need a hand up and then make sure we give them the hand up they need. Just a thought from an “insensitive” person. Jim Morgan Atlanta and Snowmass Village