Letters to the Editor

Community should be source of help for needy

There is no such thing as obscene wealth. It is poverty that is obscene.

On their way to becoming wealthy, successful people thought of something or made something that caused other people to want to buy it. They employed their fellow citizens, which enabled society to improve the standard of living.

A study by the Tax Foundation reports that Americans will pay more in taxes in 2011 than the amount they spend on food, clothing and housing combined. Topping one of these categories is excessive, but topping all three is an outrage.

Who is supposed to help those who need a hand to help them get back on their feet? Not the federal government.

Ever since huge amounts of federal money have gone into education, test scores have gone down.

By increasing aid to families with dependent children during the 1960s, the number of children of unwed mothers increased. The federal money only made things worse.

Who then should help the needy? Me, you, our churches, neighbors and communities, that's who.

By doing it ourselves, there will be greater assurance the money will get to the needy in our community, there will be fewer dollars wasted on bureaucracy and the recipients will have a greater sense of responsibility and motivation to get back on their feet and prove to the helpers that their giving was well worth it.

Richard Geraghty

Hilton Head Island