The Wrong Lilies

The Wrong Lilies

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


One of our favorite, do-not-miss television programs is ‘CBS Sunday Morning’.  It is a magazine-type program, with segments on so many things, of which some are funny, some are informative, and some are poignant.  Back on August 30,2015, the program featured a piece on the Katrina aftermath.  There have been many articles on television and in the newspapers and magazines about last year being the tenth anniversary of the hurricane called Katrina and the aftermath of failed levees in New Orleans that caused an old and storied American city to be devastated.

But one story in particular was extra special.  Special because a military veteran and his wife have invested all of their savings, everything they had, to open and run a grocery store in a very low-income area, the Ninth Ward, the place that suffered the worst after Katrina.  And the place that is still suffering ten years afterward.  For instance, without this one grocery store, there would simply be no place for a great distance to buy food.  Not only that, but the next plan of this couple is to open a washateria, and they have other plans and dreams as well.  Why?  Because they are determined to be part of the solution for an area so terribly devastated and trying so hard to recover.

There are many wealthy people in this world who could have done this sort of thing, but they did not.  They could have at least contributed to the area, but they did not.  What the wealthy do not realize or remember:  they became wealthy because of the society and the economy, and they can be destroyed by that same economy if they do not encourage society and the economy by doing their fair share.

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