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Letter: Raising ALS awareness locally

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

Wendy Abrams

Executive Director, Les Turner ALS Foundation

Personal incentive and America’s future

To the Editor:

The current administration believes the government is the best candidate to allocate the resources and services our great country has to offer.

That the government is the fairest and most judicial, most honest and best qualified entity available and that the citizens are simply not capable of this great task.

That the people working for the government are so altruistic that they will put the affairs of the citizens they serve above all else, including their own.

That government will operate within its means and not become too extravagant.

Unfortunately, human nature is a powerful and mostly uncontrollable force that will prevail despite best efforts by any centralized government. History tells us this.

Our great country, the one that everyone in the rest of the world is envious of and trying to get into, can only survive and grow by personal incentive.

By rewarding those who dare to dream, those who take risks, those who are not afraid of hard work, those who take responsibility for their own actions, those who do not blame others and do not accept the concept that a centralized government knows best.

It does not.

The late, great economist Milton Friedman once said, “If the government was put in charge of the Sahara desert, they would run out of sand in five years.” After all, the government is of us, by us and for us.

We must incentivize us. 

Mike Simon

Glen Ellyn

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