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Thursday, December 16, 2010

‘Nickel and Dimed’ doesn’t make sense

Regarding the Dec. 12 article “Closing the book on personal finance class” about parents requesting that the book “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” be reviewed by the Bedford School Board:

I take exception to Superintendent Tim Mayes’ comment that “The representations of limitations as a minimum-wage worker are accurate …”

Author Barbara Ehrenreich set out to fail in order to demonstrate the evils of capitalism: She stayed in hotels, never took a roommate – as many of us did starting out – and ate at restaurants.

Why not balance this book with Merrimack College graduate Adam Shepard’s “Scratch Beginnings: Me $25, and the search for the American Dream?” Shepard starts by finding an $8 an hour job and within a year of frugal living had a furnished apartment, a car and $5,500 in the bank.

Regarding Ehrenreich’s depiction of Jesus as a “precocious socialist,” Jesus stressed the importance of sharing and spoke of the responsibility of paying taxes; however, I’m having trouble finding the verse where Christ suggests that we should abdicate our personal responsibility by calling on Caesar to forcibly redistribute more wealth.

Stephen Scaer