What’S A ‘Good Living’?

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Editor:

When one of your readers makes the comment that being a cosmetologist is a “hard way to make a good living” he brings up a very fundamental question — What is a “good living”?

If, as the writer suggests, a good living is defined by the size of your bank account, then cosmetology will not be a “good living.” But, if you define “good living” by a different standard than money, many low-paying jobs become a good living. I believe that while money is important, it is just a tool to allow you to create the lifestyle you desire. Sure, if you want the house on the hill, fancy car and dinner out every night, you will need more money than a person who might want a simpler life; but lifestyle is your choice. I know of many people living in Rim Country who measure the quality of their life not by the size of their checkbook, but by their number of friends, their place in the community, and freedom to enjoy the great outdoors here in Rim Country.

But, I do believe the writer brings to light one of the fundamental problems in America today; too often we are measuring people by net worth, not self-worth. As an example, who is making America stronger: the teacher working in a classroom to educate our children, or the banker on Wall Street using his money and influence to keep taxes low so that he does not have to pay to educate America’s children? Arizona is the prime example of this problem. Our state Legislature has cut taxes for corporations and individuals; while at the same time cutting spending on schools. So, we make the rich richer, while refusing to pay to educate our children and never ask the question; who is more important to the future of Arizona?

So again I ask, what is a “good living”? Is it to be so rich that you cannot hear the cries of Arizona’s uneducated children; or is it the compassionate person who wants to lift and educate all of our children and is willing to give of his time and money to do so?

Robert Hamer

Comments

H. Wm. Rhea III 6 months, 3 weeks ago

On the other hand Mr. Hamer, throwing a large amount of money at a problem (i.e. education spending) and thinking it is solved isn't very bright either. It's even worse when someone takes pride that they've spent more than someone else or gripes that they didn't. Used to be in this country, that if you could save money and get the job done, that that was something to be proud of.

Consider that while schools do need more and more and more money, that most private schools and homeschoolers educate the children for considerably less money. And that in some public schools, it only costs so much because of so many regulations.

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