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Letter: Really, the good old days?

To the Editor:

Every once and a while, a Letter to the Editor comes in that prompts me to reply as it is so dumbfounding. A recent letter was from a woman who was longing for the good old days, when there was more sharing going on. Her thought seemed to be that in time gone by, we used to willingly share more; especially the wealthy.

The most recent income tax data shows that the top 10 percent of wage earners pay 70 percent of all federal income taxes and almost half of the people filing pay nothing. Seems to me that these are the good old days as we are really sticking it to the top income earners and the rest of us are along for the ride.

In my world, the good old days were filled with self-reliant people who did not expect the government to take care of them from cradle to grave. Families stayed together, took care of each other, helped their neighbor when they could, and asked not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.

In my good old days, we admired and maybe envied the wealthy. Their success made us want to work harder so perhaps one day we could have the life they lived. Perhaps we should be teaching our children to value the virtues of hard work, perseverance, and self-reliance instead telling them they should take from others.

James Diamond

Woodstock

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