Letter to the editor: We should be proud, but what’s changed?

By JOHN RYNES | Breckenridge, Colo.

I am very proud of the good people of our community who care for the needy.

As reported in the Dec. 19 article by Karen Parker, the Cashton Cupboard is open six days a week and helped 274 families in November. This is a continuation of previous and ongoing generosity. Similarly, the N-O-W School District has an in-house food pantry for needy children to take free food home. The senior meals served by Hillsboro, Kendall and Elroy also show a tremendous caring by these communities. We can be grateful to all the folks who make this outpouring of generosity possible.

I am a 1959 graduate of Ontario High School. That is 60 years ago, before the N-O-W School District was formed. What I am wondering is, “What has changed in all those years?” Unless my memory fails me, back then there were no food pantries or senior meals (although there were hot school lunches for a small fee). None of us were rich. The farmers and townies all managed to get by on their meager income. Nobody I knew of had to have two jobs to get by.

So I wonder if someone can explain what has happened that makes so many people dependent on others? Is it the environment; a change in attitudes; in politics; something else? If you know, please let me know.

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