The bell curve


Published: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 11:16 p.m.
Ben Butler (Voice, 1-9) states that there are bell curves that describe the status of the American people, with the narrow left end of the curve including the impoverished, the large middle of the curve including the middle class and the narrow right end of the bell curve the wealthy.
We actually have at least three bell curves, one for wealth, one for health and a third for education. These bell curves vary for other countries.
In Africa, the poor are a lot poorer, the unhealthy are a lot unhealthier and the uneducated are many times less educated. Thus, their bell curves are to the left of ours. Our own bell curves in years past (the 1920's and 1930's) were to the left of our current bell curves.
Our government is charged, as Dave Hill (Voice, 1-9) states, with the responsibility to "provide for the general welfare," in other words to move our bell curves to the right. When our government adopts programs to help the poor to get better educations, better jobs and health care, such programs do not just help people under the left end of those bell curves, but are move the bell curves to the right, benefiting our entire society.
Better education, jobs and health care for the poor mean a better economy for all, less crime and better health care for all.
Furthermore, those who object to government giveaways should be equal handed in their condemnation. The Republican Party has done an excellent job of criticizing programs aimed at helping the poor, while granting special giveaways that only benefit the richest few.
George L. Barnett, Micanopy

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