From Beauford Burton, a reader in Kings Mountain:
While thinking about the reasons many people find Mitt Romney suspicious because of his wealth, I began questioning why so many regard personal wealth of others like a dreaded disease.
Some of us may be jealous of anothers wealth, but most of us aspire to financial independence without wanting to take it from another. We should never look down on those who have accumulated wealth. If wealth is a disease, I hope its contagious and I become infected.
Having accomplished financial success is an attribute Id like to see in a president. Especially in an individual like Mitt Romney, who has given so much of his attained wealth to help others through his charitable contributions, and, his no salary years as a public servant.
Romney is rich, but he has earned it. The rich are not our enemy; those who paint them as such are our enemy because they wrongfully belittle success.
You might ask what makes me think Im qualified to comment on this subject. Over my lifetime, Ive known at least 20 individuals who made their way from low-paying jobs to becoming millionaires through their hard work, high risk and belief in the American dream. Along the way they created thousands of jobs for others who couldnt or wouldnt take those same risks and apply the same dedication necessary to propel them along the same path. Those who made it deserve respect and thanks.