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  •  Thank you for your beautiful essay (1+ / 0-)
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    waterstreet2008

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and reflections. It's very easy for so many of us to take for granted the daily exposures and interactions we had as children that make our lives easier now. And it's hard sometimes to imagine ourselves or our parents, without any of this in our background, and appreciate how hard it would be to blaze a pathway to this, without the landmarks we or our families had.

    A meta-thanks to my own parents, who, without being priggish about it, managed to convey daily their appreciation for what made our lives better. We knew about the GI bill that helped put a roof over our heads and paid for my dad's doctoral studies; the state-funded community colleges and state colleges that my mom attended while I was a kid to get her teaching credential; the public library and the devoted librarians who kept me supplied with books; the teachers who went home and worked hard at night so they could do better for all the kids in their classes.

    My parents were grateful, and they tried hard to give back to the community. So do we. Headed over to do intake again this evening for the homeless shelter. And if, heaven forfend, I ever started to feel or show disdain for any of our guests for being in need of help, my folks (at 97 this year) would remind me of my own privileges, simple and obvious as they may seem.

    •  Capitalism fails at social investment, same as (0+ / 0-)

      it fails at restraining criminal gangs.

      The G.I. Bill would never pass today's Republican Party madness.

      The same holes pushed deregulation for the most critical industries: investment banks, pharmaceuticals, guns.

      And yes, the free public libraries got the big push from Andrew Carnegie. But he was Scottish.

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