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August 19, 2012

Public forum

(Continued)

Sponsorship forms may be picked up at the Walton Library. The Cass County community and Southeastern school patrons have been very generous, and the program continues to operate due to the support of many sponsors.

Not only are the sponsors generous, but so are the volunteers. Last school year over 35 different groups of volunteers helped pack weekly bags. Many individuals came weekly to assist with the packing.

The bags are packed each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Shiloh Evangelical Lutheran Church in Walton. All are welcome to join in the packing of the bags. If you wish to sign up as a group, please call Mary Burrous at 574-626-3220 or send an email to her at sburrous@frontier.com.

Mary Burrous, executive board member, Thompson Totes

 

Self-Interest well understood

Alexis de Tocqueville traveled 1830s America preparing a political

masterpiece: Democracy in America. His book praised our concept of personal freedom within the moral boundaries of our religion. He called it self-interest well understood. The drive for individual well-being was tempered by believing the good of all was good for me. But he was troubled by the fine line between individualism and selfishness.

Over our history it has required some social engineering and some redistribution of wealth to attain equal rights and opportunity for all.

We are imperfect egalitarians. Financial equality is someone’s fantasy, nor should we desire it. The freedom to create, innovate and lead would die from lack of incentive. But there’s no denying wealth is an advantage on the ladder to success.

I find this movement toward a society of every man for himself disturbing. I will grant the work ethic is weak. Some have proven that a successful life can blossom from the very bottom of the social heap, but in a nation that produces so much wealth, I see no excuse for poverty, famine, denial of health care or an institution that fails to inspire all children with equal determination.

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