Sir: The story of the beggar which your Magazine published for its younger readers yesterday has rendered a valuable public service. If only we could reach more children with such entertaining and uplifting stories as this one! Too many otherwise responsible adults labor under the mistaken impression that “helping” the poor is an act of charity. I know for a fact, because I have spent considerable time forming a vivid picture of it in my mind’s eye, that money given to beggars is invariably spent on cheap booze and illegal drugs. Everyone would benefit if the money frivolously wasted on beggars could instead be invested in stocks, so that the responsible citizens who run publicly held corporations could spend it on expensive champagne and prescription painkillers. —Sincerely, A. Smith, Edinboro (Penna.).
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 11:26 PM