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David Hartson, Fargo, Published June 02 2013

Letter: Why not think about community?

An article in the May 28 Forum describes the reaction of some wealthy Minnesotans to the new tax affecting the top 2 percent, i.e., the super rich. One wealthy man said he won’t leave Minnesota for another state with lower taxes, but he will reduce his charitable giving. I have an alternative reaction for him to consider that would go a long way toward correcting the increasing and troublesome gulf between the very rich and very poor in America.

Increase your charitable giving. Decrease your opulent lifestyle. Adjust your marble-floored, hired gardener, multicar, far-traveling living. Then use your wealth and power to work toward a social vision of a community where there are no privileged and there are no needy.

If we would all do that, we could have what Martin Luther King Jr. called “The Beloved Community.” Now that would be quite a reaction.