Susan Dickey (11/28, Letters, “We, the people, need help”) wrote something that caught my eye. “When will someone on Capitol Hill start helping us, ‘the people?.’” This struck me as a symptom of what’s wrong with our society today. Too many people want government to take care of them rather than working through their problems.
My father grew up through the Depression, was orphaned as a teenager and was sent to a relative’s farm to work. He worked hard, as all did on the farm in the 1930s, and then built up his own farm enough to sustain our family.
When he was in his 80s, I mentioned to him that Habitat for Humanity was building someone a house near him. I thought he would be pleased, but instead he said “Nobody ever built me any damn house.”
We are truly becoming too soft.