Letters to the Editor

Bastian letter: Government fraud

Seniors lose $3 billion a year to con artists. Americans are frequently ripped off with hidden charges, food packaging schemes, etc.. Government fraud is rampant. All these ripoffs suggest America may be its own worst enemy. A recent study found one in 20 U.S. seniors were financially abused last year. If a new disease struck that many older Americans, a public crisis would likely be declared.

The root of crime and corruption is the breakdown of our moral fiber. Too many Americans are quick to do iniquity, to take advantage of their brother, in justifying committing a little sin, in digging a pit for their neighbor, etc. These false and deceptive attitudes lie at the root of many of our domestic and financial problems, including shop-lifting.

An English clergyman said there are seven social evils: “Politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.”

JC Penney said: “If I were managing a store and one of my clerks told a lie in order to make a sale, I would fire him on the spot.”

Morris Bastian, Boise