This is in response to a recent letter that quoted "An American's Creed" by Dean Alfange.
Alfange apparently lived by this creed given that he served in the U.S. Army during World War I, graduated from Hamilton College in 1922, received his law degree from Columbia University and practiced law in Manhattan. In 1942, Alfange was the American Labor Party candidate for governor of New York and a founder of the Liberal Party of New York. He died at the age of 91 in 1989.
I think we can agree that he was an exceptional and fortunate man. However, once he qualified for Social Security and Medicare benefits, I'll bet he didn't turn them down.
It would be a truly wonderful country if all U.S. citizens lived their lives by this credo. But I believe that many Republicans who subscribe to these beliefs fail to consider that there are some people in this country who do not have the gifts of good health and a good mind, as Alfange did.
There are many people who receive benefits from social programs who would suffer if these programs were not available. Let's attempt to be more charitable to those in need.
Nancy C. Harris
Sun City Hilton Head