In our opinion: America runs on giving

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  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 5:14 p.m.


  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    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.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:53 a.m.

    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?

  • Glyz60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:27 a.m.

    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).

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:29 a.m.

    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.