It’s that sil­ver spoon

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I’m pretty good at spot­ting a Type A per­son­al­ity and com­pas­sion­less per­son across the room, and Mr. Ash­ton Miller III’s re­cent let­ter sure rang the bell.

There are those out there, Mr. Miller, who have not had the lux­ury of be­ing born into a suc­cess­ful fam­ily you al­lude to, as you quoted: “We own nu­mer­ous busi­nesses … my grand­fa­ther buys a new Mercedes ev­ery other year

… should my fam­ily va­ca­tion be in Bran­son in­stead of Hawaii”?

You also go on to state that you en­tice your em­ploy­ees with a bonus to take fewer than three days sick leave a year. What fun it must be work­ing next to some­one who has come to work hack­ing their lungs out who then gets to go home and pass it along to their en­tire fam­ily. I’m sure you see it as “by God, we’re still crank­ing out the wid­gets so grand­pappy, go ahead and pick out the color for that new Mercedes and let’s book that flight to Hawaii!”

Granted, there are some out there who can’t break the cy­cle of poverty, but the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of peo­ple want to work and be paid a liv­able wage that would af­ford them the lux­ury of tak­ing any type of va­ca­tion or sim­ply be­ing able to not have to work a sec­ond job.

This is not some con­jec­ture I came up with on my own, sir; I worked for six years as a con­sul­tant with them in the Arkansas Delta.

Talk to a hard­work­ing, fam­ily ori­ented man who man­gled his arm work­ing in a lum­ber yard for min­i­mum wage whose em­ployer (like your­self) of­fered no health ben­e­fits and is sud­denly faced with $30,000 in med­i­cal bills. That man, Mr. Ash­ton Miller III, de­serves our help, and shame on any of us who would deny it to him. RUSSELL LEMOND

Lit­tle Rock

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