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Greed is indeed a deadly sin. It may in fact lead to the death of America. Greed is at the root of so many of our problems. Why doesn't America have universal healthcare like other developed countries? Because of the greed of healthcare insurance providers and drug companies. Why are 40,000,000 Americans living in poverty? Because employers like some big box stores won't pay a living wage so they can make a huge profit or pay their stockholders. Why do we spend so much on 800 military bases? One reason is to give lucrative base building contracts to political donors. Why are we not fighting the biggest battle of our age, climate change? Because we choose to support greedy fossil fuel industries. We allow fracking and drilling, both of which are destructive to the only planet that we have. Why? So someone can make money. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world. Why? Because private companies have built prisons for profit and convinced lawmakers to put people in them, many of whom are not a danger to society and would benefit from rehabilitation not incarceration. The list goes on. So much of what is wrong with America comes from the greed of the 1%. They have more money than they will ever spend in a lifetime and yet they want more. It is an illness which we must cure or at least rein in if we want to remain a great country. We need to elect representatives who are committed to getting the money out of politics, who stop selling their legislative votes to the highest bidder and instead work to protect the 99%. America belongs to all of us, not just the 1%.

Ellen Wolcott, Charleston

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