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Reader’s view: Being ‘better off’ includes more than finances

Published 10/17/2012, Duluth News Tribune

Once again, President Ronald Reagan’s “are you better off now than before” query appears in a current presidential campaign. Recently it surfaced on MSNBC show “Morning Joe.” The better-off debate seems to center on the purely financial: more money. I do not denigrate this point of view; everyone wants and needs financial security. But this single perspective is narrow in scope. We can enlarge it by responding to the question from a different outlook, one that speaks to our hearts and minds as well as to our bank accounts — in other words a response involving the whole person.

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