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|Sun, 07-13-2003 - 10:24am|
Dear Annie: I read your column in the Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal about "Jean in the Southwest," the totally dependent 68-year-old widow who said someone in her husband's company embezzled "our" (not his) retirement. This woman has been a parasite existing off her husband, and now she expects others to provide for her? No one owes her a dime. She should show some responsibility. -- J.B. in the East
Dear J.B.: Get over yourself. "Jean" apparently married right out of high school, at a time when it was not uncommon for a woman's career to be that of homemaker and mother, both time-consuming and demanding jobs. She earned the right to share equally in her husband's income. While today's women are taught to rely on themselves, it wasn't always so. It's easy to apply current standards to Jean's situation, but it would be unfair. We don't get to turn back the clock.
Personally, I would have believed this letter to "Annie" a joke if I had never been on this boad. It is completely preposterous to me that ANYONE thinks this way. However, after being on this board, I really do realize there are more people out there, with MUCH different "beliefs" than I have, than I ever thought.
So, whatcha think about about the letter?