Myra Jones' Feb. 4 letter is full of her usual liberal viewpoints about government taking from one class to bestow charity on another class she deems more deserving of the product of those who produced it. She has not grasped the role of government to equalize the playing field, not the result of the game.
One should exercise discretion when asking government for largess. As President Gerald Ford observed, "If the government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have."
She, like many others, has confused government with charitable organizations. There are historical recordings of examples of those whose opinions of how others should use their resources to meet their definition of fairness.
One example is found in Matthew 26: 1-11, which recited the act of the woman who anointed Christ with expensive perfume. Judas Iscariot said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor."
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There is more to charitable giving than the bare transfer of gifts from the donor to the recipient. Charles Caleb Colton, the English cleric, said, "Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires something that riches cannot give."
To dispel the impression that I am one of the wealthy class despised by those of lesser means, I often find the month lasts longer than my ability to meet my obligations, but I do not ignore charitable obligations.
The problem many make is taking life too seriously. As I once commented to a legal aid lawyer friend who was lamenting the fate of an unfortunate client, "Just remember, you can reach greater heights while standing on the backs of the downtrodden."
D. Merrill Adams