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Published: Monday, April 14 2014 12:05 a.m. MDT

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Tooele, UT

Re: "Is the desire for accumulation and profit covetousness? The writers of the ten commandments never anticipated the world in which we live."

Actually, the Writer of the Ten Commandments perfectly anticipated the world in which we live.

"Covetous" is a well-defined English word with a near-universally accepted meaning -- "having or showing a great desire to possess something, typically belonging to someone else." So, suggesting that "accumulation" now somehow now shares its meaning with "covetous" is simply corruption of language for political purpose. Like calling a marxist nation "Democratic Republic of . . . ."

In other words, newspeak.

By the way, Orwell's anti-stalinist Animal Farm foreshadows the inevitable outcome of this line of reasoning -- "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Salt Lake City, UT

Our system works as long as there is honesty and integrity. When we reach a point where we all can see how unbalanced everything is, it is time to think about what is right. Just because we can legally do something, doesn't mean we should! It is reaching a point where many people are not being treated like they should. Just because someone doesn't have money, doesn't mean that they are lazy. People are not bad just because they are rich. People on both sides take advantage! I do have a cousin that I grew up with that has never wanted to work her entire life! When we had to work in the orchards as kids, she would sit down and wine after an hour. She wouldn't work the rest of the day and expected to get the same money as the rest of us! As an adult, she is worse! Even family members run from her because all she wants is to sponge money! I think, that when we truly care about others, much of the coveting disappears. We find ways to make things fair and we help those who truly need it.

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