Letter: Insulting generalizations
Re “We are cultivating a nation of Scrooges” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Dec. 22):
The insulting generalizations of Katy Burns’s column need to be challenged.
As a conservative Republican, I take umbrage with her conclusions.
The fact that I am a conservative Republican who believes in fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility and limited government does not indicate that I am uncharitable, mean or judgmental.
My husband and I have always paid our taxes and understand “the price of civilization.” In fact, Burns might be surprised to learn that I have a son (a West Pointer, like her husband) who is spending Christmas in Afghanistan and another son who teaches high school English in an inner-city public school.
Being charitable and serving others is a choice we make as a family, as do many of my like-minded Republican friends.
Just as Burns is uneasy that many in our “enormously blessed country . . . will go without this Christmas,” so are we. Democrats and independents do not have a corner on compassion. We, too, are giving regularly to local charities and working in The Friendly Kitchen.
We are paying fair wages to our employees and treating them kindly. In fact, my husband has always paid his employees, including high school students, significantly more than the minimum wage.
We are not miserly. We are not unmerciful. We are not Scrooges. We simply believe that, generally, people and the private sector solve problems more effectively and efficiently than government does. It’s about philosophy, not about heart.
MARY K. PARKER