Letters to the Editor
September 18, 2012 7:12PM
Updated: October 20, 2012 6:17AM
Politicians on the left have been resorting to class warfare. They are pitting the rich against the poor and the middle-class.
One of the results of this, as I see it, is that many of the postings in TOTC seem to portray candidate Romney as an evil man simply because he is a very wealthy man. Many of the postings in TOTC seem to portray candidate Romney as an evil man because he is a very wealthy man. Wealth and evil are not necessarily synonymous.
I refer you to John Wayne Gacy, Drew Peterson and Lee Harvey Oswald. None of them were wealthy.
America has been, and continues to be, blessed by many of those who work hard and achieve great wealth. America’s public libraries exist because of a wealthy industrialist, Carnegie Steel Co.’ s Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh all exist because of a very wealthy American.
Standard Oil Co.’s founder John D. Rockefeller was no angel, but he gave us the University of Chicago, Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research and the Rockefeller Foundation. Henry Ford gave America National Educational Television, as well as the philanthropic Ford Foundation.
As founder of the Ford Motor Co., he transformed the lives of millions of Americans, black and white. He made poor farmers into upper middle-class autoworkers. Bill Gates has given over $28 billion to charities so far.
I understand that politics is a harsh business and that President Obama, by playing the class warfare card, is doing what politicians do to get re-elected. Also, I truly believe that the president and Governor Romney both want to make America a better place.
My concern is about the great damage that will be caused by class warfare. Evil does not discriminate. It can be found at every economic level. We know that there exist greedy and corrupt businessmen. We also know that such men eventually fail at business.
No business is sustainable when the employees and the customers are not given right consideration. When profit is the only motive you will have a short business life. That’s why they call them fly-by-night businesses. They do not last long.
Ethical and profitable businesses endure and they bless us all. I understand the need for the anti-trust laws and wise regulations. Individuals and businesses are both susceptible to selfish interest.
I simply ask that we please do not prejudge the wealthy as evil. As a wise man once said, “There’s a little bit of bad in the best of us and a little bit of good in the worst of us.”
Signs of an era
Once upon a time, there were signs as you entered Waukegan that marked an era that captivated the city.
The 2008-10 basketball teams were the best that we have seen. They finished second and third in the state tournament. The city had more pride than I have ever seen!
The games were packed, we were on TV multiple times and everybody had their purple-and-green shirts and we loved it. The city, the school, the businesses all made money. We were proud!
The signs went up and came down so fast there were few complaints. The signs that recognized the best team and the best player ever in the school’s history were quickly removed. The pink elephant in the room, yes the young man (who is not yet 21) got in trouble. Did the signs lie?
Was he Mr. Basketball/McDonald’s All-American and the best that we have seen in this area? Yes!
The city of Waukegan made a coward move. Quietly, they removed the signs and crushed an era. This was not Penn State!
These were a bunch of undersized kids that grew up in Waukegan (not recruited like Whitney Young and Simeon) that captivated the city and state. There is no acknowledgement of the era, of the accomplishment.
The surrounding communities have their signs proudly posted. What about the coaches, parents, players and fans that knew this was something really special? The News-Sun also had a part in this. You blasted this young man when he needed support after riding him to sell papers by the bundle.
The era was special, the accomplishments were special, the young men and the city deserve the acknowledgement. All the guys are gone now. Make sure the memory is not swept away.
If you don’t want the signs, offer them in an auction and see how much the fans will pay for them. Do something other than sit the signs on a garage floor.