Readers' forum: Greed vs. ambition

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 1 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

From left, founder and principal benefactor Jon M. Huntsman Sr., cancer survivor Dov Siporin, founder and principal benefactor Karen Huntsman, and cancer survivor Linda Hill cut the ribbon at the dedication of the Huntsman Cancer Institute's new state-of-the-art $100 million expansion in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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This past week the Huntsman family dedicated the new expansion to the Huntsman Cancer Center. Fifteen years ago, this world class facility was nothing more than one man's dream. And today, because of that one man's ambition, the facility is blessing the lives of countless individuals.

As some citizens talk of taking back Wall Street, I fear that ambition may become confused with its evil cousin greed. It is individuals with ambition that move this world forward, and it is greed that can destroy it.

Society should have at it with CEOs and politicians who simply line their pockets and egos with undue rewards. However, in this time of change, we need to clearly distinguish between greed and ambition.

C. Douglas Swenson

Salt Lake City

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