To the editor:

Regarding Sherry Kutter’s (Sept. 10 letter to the editor) sarcastic statement that Americans don’t want to work, I think there are some with that attitude. I also agree that some who are doing well are critical of the poor.

When I see a young mother in the grocery store with her kids in tow pushing a cart full of expensive groceries, I am reminded of my own mother and our family of seven growing up in rural Nebraska during some lean times in the '50s and '60s. I also see help wanted signs everywhere, some offering signing bonuses, health care benefits and tuition assistance (upgrade your skills for a better paying job) — not much of that back then. In understaffed restaurants I see waitresses scurrying to keep up. We tip generously.

I strongly disagree with Sherry that a living wage needs to be established to cover a multitude of living expenses. The socialists would love another bureaucracy to administer that. Better yet is the agenda of the democratic socialist party and their $3.5 trillion dollar proposed spending bill offering free everything from cradle to grave. For those taking the bait proposed by the socialist left, I feel sorry for them and their ignorance of the history of socialism over the last 100 years. It is merely a milestone on the path to communism. Capitalism isn’t always pretty and is defined as the unequal distribution of wealth. Socialism is the ugly, equal distribution of poverty.

Sherry’s husband is a veteran. So am I. Between Korea and Vietnam, 100,000 lives were lost fighting communism. Just as I feel for the young mother in the grocery store, my heart breaks when I pass a cemetery knowing there are those resting there who sacrificed their lives for my freedoms; those who have no voice in this debate.

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Ken Krueger

Alexandria, MN