NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
I find it difficult to understand how Richard Audino (Sept. 25 letter) could in good conscience equate the wonderful government programs of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with the programs of today, which are fraught with corruption, fraud and waste.
Even the college loans and grants do more harm than good by lending money to many low academic achievers leaving less money to grant to poverty-stricken high academic achievers.
The former generally drop out and the latter never go to college, because thousands of dollars of debt would quite naturally seem to be insurmountable to those whose family income numbers have always been very low.
Also, he implied that government helps society more than “self-centered” businesses.
So here is another story from a “kid from the South Side” — me. Thanks to Andrew Carnegie and his “self-centered” companies (not the government), there was a bookmobile that lent books to any child, no matter how poor or what neighborhood the child was from, and the wonderful people in those bookmobiles encouraged and assisted the children.
This was my only opportunity to read outside of the classroom, and it changed the direction of my life. When I was college age, I found out about the Hoyt scholarship fund for the poor (another rich man and his companies helping the poor).
Unlike Audino, I cannot find merit in most of the government programs of today because I don’t believe that handing out money indiscriminately solves problems.
Having come of age in the 1960s, my opinion is that desegregation was the last great thing this country accomplished. Prior to 1970, we had less crime, less poverty, more prosperity, more academic excellence (compared to other countries) and farther-reaching and less costly health care than any time after 1970.
Sherina A. Tiberia
East Winter Avenue
NEW CASTLE —
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