Extra effort means success


Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 12:45 a.m.
With the passing of the increase of the minimum wage, it still brings about the question of who can live on such a meager income. With federal, state and local government assistance, it is possible for a single parent with two school age children to live quite well. Need we forget about housing assistance, food stamps and the WIC programs.
There are also child deductions and earned income credit for those working in low wage jobs. Locally, free lunch programs, free pre-school and after school programs, CHOICES and private charities' assistance with delinquent rents and utilities; and food banks add to income for those less fortunate.
Taking all this into reality - the absence of self evaluation, planning, budgeting and sacrifice - the typical person on assistance is not less fortunate but is less motivated.
For those of us who have achieved some level of success, it wasn't waiting for a handout from the government; it was the extra effort applied from the normal. For those on assistance, try making an extra effort; for the homeless, try making an effort.
Terry Martin-Back, Gainesville

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