It was heartening to read Rich James' plea for contributions to food pantries. Who could disagree; it is a noble desire.
But he then blames a government that has cut back on food stamps. His inference is clear — the conservatives have led us down this path.
A Michael White article online notes: "Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, "Who Really Cares?," cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals."
James could have noted that and thanked them, but he didn't. He praised U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, who donated the $5,000 he was paid during the government shutdown to food banks around Indiana. Deserved praise.
What about the conservatives? Who's doing the lion's share?
- Jon Huisman, Wheatfield