A loose interpretation


Published: Sunday, August 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 11:00 p.m.

David Washington (July 23) seems to think that maybe we can interpret Hillary Clinton's statement, "We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society," like this: "Hey, maybe we should stop thinking about ourselves all the time and throw a penny to the poor guy every once in a while."

I am glad that he thinks we can interpret Hillary's statement however we choose. I believe Sarah Wierda (July 19), whom David was responding to, came much closer to making sense than much of what I have been reading in The Sun lately - at least on the editorial page - in her assertion that liberals seem to lean a bit towards communistic socialist thinking.

I really do not mind liberal thinking if we keep it liberal enough to keep our freedom as individuals and as a society that wants to be free. What we must remember, though, is to keep our individuality, while at the same time learning to get along with one another in civility.

It is interesting that many of the "poor" guys that David speaks of, choose to be wherever they are, hoping that maybe someone will throw them a penny every once in a while. In reality, they hope for enough to buy a beer, cigarettes, or perhaps a bottle of wine. I do not mind helping anyone, it is just that before I do, they must first help themselves. Most of us that will not throw the penny have grown up. It is a matter of where the penny comes from.

Tim Merritt,

Gainesville

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