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Theft is not charity

Posted: December 20, 2009 9:23 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
In her letter to the editor ("Cameron Smyth is only kind to a few," Nov. 3), Kristin Ingram-Worthman castigated Cameron Smyth for not taking more money from Those Who Have No Name (let me guess, "the rich," perhaps?) and giving it to "poor kids without health care ... schools ... the elderly and disabled who ... have no dental or eye care."

I'm sorry, Ingram-Worthman, but charity is not something you can do with other people's money. That's called theft. Charity means freely giving your own money to those in need - and our country does more of it than any other.

Meanwhile, the more that your sort of theft occurs via the heavy hand of government, the more resentment, entitlement and destruction is visited on all the parties involved, including those you claim to want to help.

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