Business profit and the general welfare
A very small sole proprietorship and a major corporation have something in common. They want to make as much profit as possible. Reducing the expenses involved in running a business becomes just as important as generating income.
But in a democracy, generating income and reducing expenses are checked by competition among businesses and, more important, by the government’s constitutional duty to “promote the general welfare.”
Although slavery made the cotton industry more profitable, our government outlawed it in the best interest of the nation. The same occurred with child labor.
The subprime-mortgage fiasco maximized the short-term profit for a few at the expense of the nation’s general economic welfare. Inadequate government regulation was at the root of that problem.
Businesses’ profits would increase if they did not have to pay into Medicare and Social Security for employees, or pay state and federal income taxes. However, the general welfare of the state and nation would be proportionally compromised.
If we evaluated political candidates, parties and ideologies in terms of willingness to strike a pragmatic balance between profit and the general welfare, then voting would produce much more positive consequences.
EDDIE J. THOMAS
Not a threat
“Making marriage less available” (June 18 Letters to the Editor) said that gay marriage “absolutely deprives a young man of the opportunity to become either a father or husband.” It “absolutely deprives”? How is this possible? Is there an edict somewhere in the (nonexistent) “gay agenda” stating that after we obtain marriage equality, no heterosexual male will be allowed to either marry or to father children?
This is not what is wanted with marriage equality. Simply stated, a marriage license is a civil contract that is protected under the 14th Amendment of our Constitution. As such, it should be available to all legally consenting adults. Marriage equality takes nothing away from anyone.
We know we’ll never be able to convince some people that marriage equality is not a threat to anyone or any society. But the community just wants to have equal access to all the same opportunities available to the traditional married couples in this country. Nothing more, nothing less.
“How deprived?” (June 21 Letters to the Editor) asked how the existence of gay marriage deprived a young man of the opportunity to marry the woman he loves. Here is how:
If the glamorization of the gay lifestyle increases the number who become gay by only 1 percent, that equates to a 2 percent reduction in the population of heterosexual married people (or potentially married people).
So if I were 21 again, and I again met the woman of my dreams on a college campus, and if she were gay, we would not marry, and I would most certainly be very, very, very deprived in every sense of the word.
It’s not fair
Many poor people rant at the rich: “You’re not fair. You have to divvy up.” Many of the rich retort: “You’re not fair. Push us too far and offshore we go.”
When there are more people who are poor than not, they may elect the person who makes them the most glowing promises, forgetting the grandkids will be stuck with the dreadful debt. In time, grandkids would moan, “You were not fair.”
When there are more immigrants who are here illegally than not, many citizens complain: “You are not fair. We don’t have enough for ourselves.” Some of the illegal immigrants would counter: “You have allowed us to be here for many years. We have worked for you and fought for you and helped make this country what it is.” And those who have been waiting for years to come in legally say: “You are not fair.”
And God might say: “I gave you breath and air and food and water and laws and conscience to govern yourselves. I gave My Son to save you and My Spirit to guide you. And yet some have the audacity to say, ‘It isn’t so,’ or ‘It doesn’t matter,’ or even that I hate you. It’s not fair.”
MARY C. FRAZIER
A great city
On our first trip ever to Kansas, my family made a 500-mile drive from east Texas to Wichita. What a great place Wichita is. Everyone we met was very friendly.
We enjoyed seeing the beautiful homes, clean streets and sprawling city. It was easy to navigate, and our accommodations were first-rate. Texans love good barbecue, so we enjoyed Kansas’ style, along with food and drink from several other local establishments.
But our favorite local spot, hands down, was the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. The food was great, and the show was even better.
Our thanks to Wichita for your hospitality.