Rights vs. needs
Re: Dan Calabrese’s July 23 column, “Calling water a ‘human right’ doesn’t wash”: Its our fault as a society. We have people who think the world owes them a living, cradle to grave. They think they should be fed, sheltered, clothed, educated, medicated, connected via cell phone, and have their utilities provided for them, simply because someone else makes more money than they do. Nobody said life was fair, only that you have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not its guarantee.
As stated, help is available from multiple agencies and groups. To just ignore shutoff notices and then call it a human right does nobody any good. It is not free to clean and deliver water or process sewage.
Rick Sutliff, Clarkston
Anyone who had a heart
Dan Calabrese is so heartless, he would probably also say that a restaurant does not have to serve a customer who continually walks out without paying for meals.
Jim McNally, West Juneau, Alaska