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Letter: Value of $1,000 depends on perspective

Madam Nancy Pelosi (D-California, and U.S. House minority leader), spoke of the $1,000 bonuses announced by some large corporations to be given to their employees as amounting to “crumbs.” Such a reference is certainly intended to imply shame. Perhaps $1,000 is shameful.

Here in Rowan County, $1,000 can make a real difference. Here are a few examples. One thousand dollars would pay my heating bill for the entire winter months. One thousand dollars would buy groceries for my wife and for me for four to six months. One thousand dollars would buy a set of tires for both of our vehicles. One thousand dollars would buy gasoline for both of our vehicles for five to six months.

Certainly we must understand that different stations in life present different requirements and expectations. According to public records, Mrs. Pelosi and her husband enjoy a net worth in excess of $50 million, and her salary as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (with the bonus that accompanies being the minority leader) is some $193,400. Perhaps a mere $1,000 would be insufficient for a dinner party for their guest list.

Maybe the conclusion is that whether $1,000 is significant — or crumbs — depends on one’s perspective.

— Butch Clements

Cleveland

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