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Letters to the Editor

May 12, 2013

Letters to editor 5/12/13



Ralph Diggins


Corporate greed is sin

Dear editor:

Let's see what my dictionary says about greed. Greed, excessive desire for getting or having; desire for getting more than one needs or deserves; avaricious; cupidity; avaricious stresses greed for money or riches and often connotes miserliness; grasping suggests an unscrupulous eagerness for gain that manifests itself in seizing upon every opportunity to get what one desires; covetous implies greed for something that another person rightfully possesses.

Yes, greed is a terrible sin that causes so much misery in a once great and compassionate country. According the news media, so many people, private business’s, corporations, oil companies, gas stations and others just seem to want more and more money, (regardless of who suffers, as long as it isn’t them) also very expensive material things, in order to show off just how important they are.

Now, according to the news media and my opinion, the super greed started the destruction of our economy. I believe it was when corporations started “out-sourcing” the jobs to China, Bangladesh, also other countries, including building factories to produce their products. The workers in these countries are reported to be the worst overworked, underpaid, and considered the worst kind of slave labor. They take their profits and deposit them in what’s called offshore banks in order to avoid paying taxes.

Some stores lay off permanent employees and replace them with fewer part-time people. Many CEOs and others receive an obscene amount of money for some manufactured reason or other. However they never think or care about the many underpaid workers that they are inflicting so many hardships and pain on by denying a decent living wage.

It is so very sad that someone trying to raise a family is only able to receive a miserly $7 or $8 an hour no matter how hard they have to work. They are looked down on and referred as the 47 percent.

Wouldn’t it be fitting if all of these people would be required to change places for about a year in order for them to see what they call low class has to endure? Maybe then they would do what is the right thing for very deserving and hard working people, instead of stacking up billions that that they could never spend.

Let's bring the jobs to this country, stop short changing people and give them what they pay for. Please read Isaiah 56:11.

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