Letter: Trump should demonstrate charity




Andrew Carnegie, who was one of the world’s wealthiest men when he died in 1919, donated the modern equivalent of about $5 billion to worthwhile causes, notably libraries all over the country. He popularized the view that the only justification for the accumulation of great wealth was the good works it made possible.

A similar view was expressed in modern times when Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, two of the richest men in the world, started something called The Giving Pledge. Nearly 200 extremely wealthy people joined Gates and Buffett in promising to give at least half of their net worth to causes aimed at benefiting those less fortunate. Guess what well-known, super-rich and politically powerful narcissist didn’t join Gates and Buffett in making that pledge? Right!

This flooding disaster in Houston and elsewhere gives President Donald Trump the opportunity to prove to me and the millions of other Americans who share my opinion of him that he isn’t as bad for the country as we think.

Let him put some of his own money on the table to help the hundreds of thousands of people who have suffered so terribly because of that flooding.