Bernie Erickson, Fargo, Published January 25 2014
Letter: Bizarre blend of envy, resentmentRecently, a letter ran in The Forum, “Take care of our own,” by a writer who was frustrated by the money being spent on sending children with life-threatening diseases to amusement parks, and immigrants from other countries being given free houses via Habitat for Humanity.
There were so many things wrong with this letter.
First of all, “we” (taxpayers) are not sending kids on vacation, nor are “we” (taxpayers) giving away homes via Habitat for Humanity. The Make-a-Wish Foundation and Habitat for Humanity are private (i.e., non-government-funded) organizations that raise money to advance their mission via donations from the public and various other groups such as civic/social/religious organizations.
Habitat for Humanity does not build mansions; rather, volunteers build safe and sensible modest homes for families of modest means. The families apply for a mortgage at a reduced or zero interest rate and make their monthly mortgage payments subject to the same terms and conditions as any mortgage. (They default, they may lose their home, for example.) It’s my understanding that most every U.S. citizen is able to apply, not just immigrants.
Why this writer has such a bizarre blend of envy and resentment toward families with children facing devastating illness and families fleeing their homeland for safety in the United States is beyond me. It would be my sincere hope that if this writer is truly concerned about taking care of “our own,” she begin by doing something more than writing letters saying very unkind things about those less fortunate.