Editor’s note: The following opinion piece was submitted by Logan County resident Glenn Honeycutt.
Too many people in our society contribute little yet feel entitled to the bounty provided by the labor of others. They are perfectly willing to let someone else plant the seeds and nurture prosperity to provide for their well being. “I’m entitled to free stuff,” they say, it’s the American dream.” “Yeah, right!” We’re on the verge of letting bad things, and bad people, drive out the good things. Because of political correctness and being preoccupied with offending someone’s rights, we now cater to those wanting to dictate religious freedoms, immigration regulations, abortion issues, gun control, welfare benefits, voting regulations, the curriculum taught in public schools (Common Core) and other quirks that go against traditions values. The paramount question… “WHY?’ It’s really pretty simple; no one is paying attention. Too much trust is being given to the untrustworthy.
Its difficult convincing children they need to set goals and work hard to achieve the American Dream. With all the hand-outs, entitlements and free stuff being provided by bad penny politicians passing out three-dollar bills to get re-elected, who can blame them? …especially with sky-rocketing college expenses, gasoline, food, insurance and phone costs we face. Cell phone rates are so high it causes us to wonder if what we have to say is worth it. Cable TV rates jump with the slightest weather change. But hey, what the heck, it’s not difficult meeting expenses; we meet new ones every day. The only constant thing about inflation is that it takes all we have each week to pay bills. An older gentleman suggested it’s just as difficult living within the family income today as it was to live without one during the depression. He claims the cost of living now defies the law of gravity, “It keeps going up but never comes back down.” The “high-priced food diet” is very popular. “Eat only what you can afford, it’s the latest fad,” he suggested. “Never before has so much dough purchased so little dough.”
With the new Healthcare Law, parents find it difficult to take children to the doctor. It seems a new list of ailments has been developed with more expensive names on it. Those in the older generation have discovered another sickness. We’re sick of magnified prescription costs and escalating hospital bills. We can’t even afford to splurge and go out to eat anymore. The highlight of the week is to stop by the nearby steakhouse and inhale; or, take the grandkids to places where they can eat free. For thrift minded buyers, car dealers are finding ways to make the purchase of automobiles easier. Cars are now lower and wider while the payments are longer and higher. One car had a warning on the seat belt, “Car won’t start until the buckle is fastened and your wallet is empty.” With higher costs, people are strapped without seat belts. Technology has impacted costs. The list of options is staggering. One dealer went overboard when he listed the steering wheel as an option. New costs convince most owners the old car runs just fine. They’ve also found nothing reduces the value of their current car like trading it in.
So, with the cost of everything going up and further entitlements looming on the horizon, what is a family to do? Why not stay at home and do things together as a family? It’s always good to get to know the kids better. It doesn’t pay to get depressed. Looking beyond the clouds to find the silver lining doesn’t cost a thing, not even a good penny. Teach children the value of a dollar and to hold onto it as long as they can. Don’t let free-loaders, bad pennies and three-dollar bills drive out the good things.
Submitted by Logan County resident Glenn Honeycutt.