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Diane Wray Williams, Published October 17 2010

Other values better than greed

Thanks to Professor Lloyd Omdahl for a challenging, thoughtful column (Oct. 11) pointing out that 80 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians and questioning what that really means.

It would seem that in a world given to us by our Creator and populated by that Creator’s children we should be joyously living the good life with no one left behind.

But I disagree with one statement: “Some greed is necessary to make private enterprise work.” A business organization run by individuals, not the government, needs to break even, but there is no law that states that unseemly profit must be made to succeed. For many, the joy of being your own boss or enriching the lives of your employees or contributing to the general welfare of your world is enough. I can think of a number of examples.