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January 22, 2014

Rather than ‘something for nothing,’ do what is right

On Jan. 14, R. Steele Selby wrote “We’ve stopped promoting the general welfare” in which he stressed the welfare programs instituted in the past and the “wealth redistribution” programs championed by our president.

He took on an article by Cal Thomas (“ ‘War on poverty’ a losing battle at age 50,” Jan. 3 Times-News) as self-centered.

Mr. Selby felt that Cal’s statement, “Stay in school, get married before having children and stay married; work hard, save and invest,” was not Christian-like and Christians should give rather than receive.

It is true that Christians should give rather than receive but that is not the end of the rules the Lord laid down for us.

In 2Thessalonians 3-10 the rule “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” is written. Proverbs is full of admonitions against “lazy hands” and encouragements to do what is right.

Granted, the President Obama-inspired economy is in pitiful shape, but no one should avoid work because of “lazy hands.”

In addition, I reject President Obama’s government controlled “wealth redistribution” scheme as just another “something for nothing” welfare program. It would be better if we all did what was right.

Ron Britner

Bedford, Pa.

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