July 10, 2013

Letter: Inequality?

— I have lived my entire life to this point in the South and I wouldn’t live anywhere else. I’ve known many folks that have moved here from all over the country and other countries as well and my experiences have been that those that were thrown a rope and grabbed hold of it could pull themselves out of a bad situation and those that want everyone else to jump into the muck and hoist them out could not.

When one insinuates that people in the South have been held down by the mean old rich people they should reveal their name and the source of their information. The rich and the companies that have operated around here since I was a youngster have never said to anyone that I know of, “Do not go to school and do better for yourself.” No, quite the contrary. I had teachers that told me that I was too smart to quit school, to which I said that I could make it on my own.

In the ‘50s and ‘60s you could get a job and get married at 16 and have children that you could not bring to be anything other than what you were and that was held to be a good thing.

These people could have done what many other kids did at that time, they could have stayed in school while working part time to get an education. I know because I’ve seen it done and many of those people have become much more than their parents ever did, and still to this day don’t want anyone saying that theirs was given to them.

I don’t think inequality is your issue, I think you want to make people think that they have been robbed by the rich people to further your real agenda. What exactly would you rob from a poor person that has nothing?

The road that brought you here has another lane or two going the other direction and so far there are no restrictions on the entrance ramp. Only a fool would stay in a situation where he has no chance to better himself.

Thank you for letting me vent, and I am.

Jerry Robinson

Rocky Face