Remember that virtually all the iconic buildings started as functional
operations centers for big corporations, or were donated by big corporate
tycoons: Carnegie Hall, Grand Central Station, The Empire State building, The
Golden Gate bridge, etc, etc, etc.
To "Irony Guy" who is greedy, the CEO who is paid for the value that he
brings to the company or the person who demands that others pay for his
upkeep?Aren't you being greedy by demanding to take money away
from others?To "unrepentant progressive" what bout people
like Larry H. Miller. He used his money and influence for the community. He has
given a lot to the Salt Lake area, including ensuring that the Jazz stay in
Utah. Why don't we praise people like that?The scriptures say
"And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye
seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the
naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer
relief to the sick and the afflicted."Larry H. Miller and John
Huntsman Sr. both were deeply involved in that. So, why don't we hold them
up as examples of how to act when you have received riches?
While I appreciate the ongoing financial support of the Eccles family over the
years, please don't forget Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City paid
$80,000,000 in taxpayer money for the Eccles Theater. Most of those taxpayers
can't afford a seat in the nose bleed section, aka cheapest tickets in the
house. The money was allocated and spent just before, during and post Great
Recession (SLCo maintains and staffs).
Yes indeed, Americans can be generous. I personally witness small acts of
generosity each day from "the least" of us. Those who give a can of
food to a hungry person when the giver herself is at the edge of beggary.A great many people of tremendous wealth as give away billions for good
causes throughout the world. We should be excited over the good works this
money can do. However, in my opinion that humble person giving away
their dwindling reserves stands hands above the wealthy. I have never heard of
a billionaire giving away all the money, and living hand to mouth as do the
truly poor.Rather than lofting rich people up for what might be
considered a civic duty, why not recognize the most humble who give until it
actually hurts? True sacrifice ought to be noticed.
Giving is great.But my friend whose kidney failed just after being
laid off from his job and losing his insurance still can't get the
six-figure care he needs in this great "giving" country. I gave him what
I could....Meanwhile, the CEO of his former health insurance company
just took home $14.9 million in compensation for the year.It's
a great "giving" country, all right---we are especially good at giving
greedy CEOs a screaming deal--the rest of us, not so much.