New Castle News

November 6, 2013

Most charity comes with no guarantees

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

On Oct. 17, Sherina Tiberia was critical of Richard Audino’s letter that praised government programs such as the G.I. Bill.

Tiberia’s letter characterized government programs in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as wonderful, while portraying contemporary programs as failures.

The letter praised private charities such as a bookmobile provided by the Carnegie Library and scholarships provided by the Hoyt Foundation.

I find the viewpoints of the two writers as an interesting contrast. Audino’s G.I. Bill from the New Deal helped a large group of citizens that served this nation. It was financed by the citizens for the benefit of the nation.

Government social insurance programs tend to be available to all citizens for the good of all.

Tiberia’s bookmobile and Hoyt scholarships, while wonderful, rely on a benefactor. If that benefactor decides these things are unnecessary, then they can vanish.

Citizens providing for each other in different forms of social insurance unites us as a nation and strengthens all of us equally.

I would prefer the G.I. Bill and the programs in Audino’s egalitarian vision, than Tiberia’s reliance on charity that we could only hope the few would provide to the many.

Paul Stefano

Delaware Avenue

New Castle