What happened to them? Maybe they were not taught as children to care about anything except things money can buy. Maybe they were so rich growing up that they just could not relate to or value people who didn’t have much. Maybe they believed liars that told them that making and protecting their money was the only thing worth fighting for. In any event, they did not learn that love of money was the root of all evil.

So as they grew they did not learn respect for life, or to protect mother nature, or to appreciate people’s rights if these interfered with profits. They were considered by some as successful as they grew into profitable business people or powerful politicians. It’s really quite sad.

In the 1960s and '70s there was an awakening when some of them got involved in movements; realizing that pollution hurt the earth and made people sick, that the poor and sick needed protections, that war was evil and that capitalism certainly was not an economic system that was working for the common good of most.

But this was a sacrifice, so they went back to the comforts of Daddy’s money and ways of thinking. They enrolled in Ivy League schools of finance that did not teach them to take into consideration the true costs of their dirty but profitable business dealings when it came to the environment or the quality of people’s lives. They ignored science and gave us pollution and a climate crisis.

President Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the White House as an example for renewable energy. Ronald Reagan took them down. Now there’s an unconscionable push for privatizing everything; Social Security, Medicare, education, water (potential money makers). Tax cuts for the rich and food stamp and heating assistance cuts for the poor. Erosion of rights and cuts to regulations from food to finance. Profits before people. It’s not OK.

The book, "The Christmas Candle," illuminates that we are to treat everyone as if they were a loved one. Please be this example for your children.

GLORIA J. SHIELDS

Meadville

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