You shouldn’t have to be forced to be a good person

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Editor:

Americans have been accused of being one of the worst offenders when it comes to neglecting the poor and the needy. After reading J. D. Bowns’ letter (“Tax dollars shouldn’t support welfare programs,” April 24), I can see why.

Bowns says, “Those taxes are stealing my money and giving it to somebody else who does not perform any service to me.”

I work to help people who have encountered circumstances beyond their control and need public assistance to get back on their feet. These people are not “thieves,” nor are they “immoral.”

Unfortunately, there are some people who abuse the welfare system. However, it is unfair for Bowns to say that all welfare recipients are criminals, or that they are lazy because they do not “perform any service to (him).”

Bowns clearly does not need any assistance from public welfare. Congratulations. Pat yourself on the back.

Bowns closes with the question, “Do I have the right to force you to throw me a rope?” Of course not. No one has the right to force you to help them.

But is it really that burdensome for you to help someone less fortunate than you? If so, that’s your business. I will still be willing to throw you a rope should you find yourself in that situation.

Chris ShirleyU Staff