Letters to the Editor 08-18-14

Oh my! Quibbling over the source of a quote and all the while ignoring the truth of it (Metzger letter, Aug. 13). That sounds “fishy” to me.
I went to Google and found that the “fish for a day” quote was coined by Anne Isabella Thackeray Richie (1837-1919) in her novel, “Mrs. Dymond” (1885): “‘I don’t suppose even Caron could tell you the difference between material and spiritual,’ said Max, shrugging his shoulders. ‘He certainly doesn’t practice his precepts, but I suppose the Patron meant that if you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn.'”
“‘But these very elementary principles are apt to clash with the leisure of the cultivated classes. Will Mr. Bagginal now produce his ticket — the result and the unjust sub-division of spiritual environments?’ said Du Parc, with a smile.”
That means, according to Google, it is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something than to do it for them.
Being “poor” (having little money) in no way says that a person is incapable, ignorant, lazy, uneducated, untalented, etc. It simply means they have less monetary wealth than some others. On the other hand, there are those that are “loaded” with wealth, and have no common sense, no knowledge of what it’s like to actually work for a living and have no idea the worth of a dollar.
Their answer when needing more? Raise the taxes!
Everyone has to have help once in a while. Things happen in our lives that we simply cannot handle alone. In those cases, we should ask for and receive help. But that is no reason to stay in that capacity. Each one of us is a valuable asset to humanity. We are all here for a purpose.
There is joy in the realization that you have done your best and accomplished something!
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”– Benjamin Disraeli
Barb Rice

I have been amazed by all of the back and forth regarding the Riverdale teacher, Mrs. Williams, over the last several months and especially the letter from Adam and Sara Boutwell (Aug. 15).
They say the media “sensationalized” the video and, instead of that, should’ve investigated the student and his family history. Outrageous!
I could care less how great Williams treated every other child she ever met, including the Boutwells’ daughter.
I did see the video and I don’t care if that little boy was named Lucifer and his family attended the Church of Satan (which hasn’t been claimed). No child should be abused as he was in that video.
And, by the way, how did the Boutwells know so much about this child months before the abuse? If they knew so much, why didn’t they go to Child Protective Services?
Is it really that much easier to just preach from that holier-than-thou platform?
Susan Malone

I am grateful Mayor Mihalik is trying to save money for those of us who must purchase flood insurance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Sometimes, small goverment can do better than big goverment. Please do not give up.
Jim Killebrew


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