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Posted on Jan 11, 2019

Letter to the editor: ‘Poor’ and giving

‘Poor’ and giving
Recently in an attempt to defend President Trump, Reverend Jerry Falwell Jr. stated in part, “A poor person never gave anyone a job. A poor person never gave anybody charity, not of any real volume.”
Of course, as a military veteran my first thought was that of Sergeant Alvin York and Lieutenant Audie Murray, both of whom were national heroes in WWI and WWII, respectively. Like other distinguished women and men who went before, during and after them, Sgt. York and Lt. Murray were from “poor upbringings.”
I won’t get into the definitions of “poor” and “volume,” but will say briefly my viewpoint is that one can be in the high tax brackets but still be “poor” in many ways. And of course, vice versa.
Gayle Sorlien,
Quincy