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Government has no

obligation to feed poor


Who really cares about Ron Barnes' least favorite things?

Believe it or not, Ron, we are not a communist or socialist state. Everyone has the right to try to be wealthy or to end up in poverty by not trying hard enough or maybe not trying at all. And what is "wealthy" in your book? Do you think folks get "wealthy" by taking from the poor or taking jobs from people who end up poor? I think not.

Could it be that the "poor" got that way because many couples today have children (with or without benefit of marriage) and when the going gets tough, the man (or the woman) pulls out leaving the spouse and children in hopeless financial straits?

Numerous other situations contribute to poverty, but few if any emanate from the government. It does not have an obligation to feed and clothe the poor.

The "wealthy" on the other hand contribute mightily to the needy. I do not consider myself wealthy, but my wife and I contribute 20-25 percent of our discretionary income to charitable organizations. That money goes directly to the charitable organizations and they get 100 percent of it. It does not go through any government agency that takes 25-40 percent off the top for "administration."

Bill Gates and his wife endow the largest charitable foundation in the country, with more than $20 billion, and the Howard Hughes Medical Fund is second, I believe, currently endowed in excess of $10 billion. Hughes, rest his soul, has been dead for more than 25 years and the fund, its charities and medical research just keep growing. With the onerous taxes you and others would like to lay on the "wealthy," these things would not happen, and the money would get strained through the system and end up at a fraction of what is available.

Joe Jackson


Hirzels did not show

common road courtesy


The Hirzels'  Nov. 17 letter about bullies on the road rang home because I am the individual who stopped and went back to advise Mr. Hirzel that he was " a very bad driver" and that the situation called for a "courtesy" merge.

The situation was not one of a vehicle entering the roadway, rather it was a lane ending when the road goes to one less lane. While driving in the second lane, as were Mark and Joy, several vehicles were in the curb lane. I saw that the vehicles in the second lane were making alternate mergers with those in the curb lane in accordance with my driving experience and instruction.

When it came time for the vehicle next to me to merge, the cement truck was just more than a car length behind the vehicle, that was to go in front of me. As I pulled up behind the vehicle that had merged in front of me I noted the Hirzels' vehicle closed in closer to my rear end. The cement truck had its turn indicator on for a lane change. The truck did honk and the Hirzels, in their small vehicle moved even closer to my vehicle and it was apparent they would not extend any courtesy but rather stick to what they considered their "right". The truck driver, to his credit, stopped and merged behind the Hirzels. All of my driving instruction, high school driver ed., USAF, ATT, Pac Bell have emphasized courtesy.

I say again: Mr. Hirzel, you are a very bad driver! It is unfortunate you and Joy do not recognize the errors of your way.

Lou Smith


In and Our Burger

will be welcome here


Ms. Davis' Nov. 16 letter referred to another "burger joint" going in on the corner of Highway 69 and Prescott Lakes Parkway.

In and Out Burger is not just another burger joint. Their burgers have won wide acclaim as the best in the West, and their shakes are darn good, too. It is a highly successful family-owned and -operated enterprise in a very competitive industry. They pay above-average fast-food wages and foster a work environment that results in below-average employee turnover. We have seen their employees picking up litter on the street when they open for business in the morning.

While we might have preferred a Trader Joe's, TJ Maxx or Hancock Fabrics at that corner, the decision rests with free enterprise within the scope of local zoning laws. We predict that the In and Out "Double-Double" will be quite popular and a welcome addition to the local community.

Fred and Connie Dinnsen