mItt's point: work ethic
In response to the letters “Angered by Mitt I” and “Angered by Mitt II” (Sept. 26 and TribLIVE.com): I consider Mitt Romney's reference to a work ethic essential to our economic recovery, and it should not be taken as an insult to individuals who are unable to work because of mitigating conditions. Our family is living proof of his approach.
In 1933, my 40-year-old immigrant father died as the result of a mine accident, leaving my mother a widow at 26, with my sister and three other brothers to raise. I was 11 months old.
We received the most important thing a parent can give, namely unconditional love, and were encouraged to obtain an education since our mother had gone through only fifth grade and had to provide help at home for her younger siblings.
As a result of our mother's love, tireless efforts and encouragement, we each earned an education. My sister has a master's degree and still enjoys teaching. One brother and I have doctorates in metallurgical engineering and two brothers are chiropractors.
Clearly, Mitt is right — a strong work ethic among our citizens truly will return the U.S. to its past greatness.
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