When a recent letter writer wrote blasting Mario Cuomo for advocating food, jobs and hope for those on welfare because, in her words, "We are all tired of giving! It's our turn to receive," I was left wondering who she meant by "we" and "our."
Surely "we" cannot include those of us receiving Social Security or unemployment insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, or those of us who have benefited from public education. She must not be one of us who benefits from "our" roads and bridges, "our" public parks, or the air and water cleaned up by "our" government.
The "we" she speaks of must not be "We the People" who benefit from our most basic entitlements -- those guaranteed by the Constitution.
I, like Cuomo, think of "we" as the family of New York and America. As a member, I'm proud that we as people have seen fit to use our government to do some good for all of our members -- including her.