Accomplishments are earned, not given
Someone last week wrote in 'Sound Off' that it isn't fair that some people drive BMWs and live in gated communities while others live in shacks and drive old cars because that's not the American way.
People are not born equal. Some can run faster than others, some are stronger, and still some can jump higher. Some people are born with greater brain power and achieve (sometimes) great things. However, it always takes hard work and sacrifice in order to have a better, albeit material, life because nothing comes easy.
People who develop a skill or get an education and who work hard are more likely to live in nicer houses and drive nicer cars because they recognize the need to work and study hard in order to achieve whatever goals they've set for themselves and their family.
My dad was a hard-working, blue-collar worker and he developed skills that afforded our family a frugal but decent life. But he never had a break and still kept on providing and he didn't whine about anything.
It's been written over and over that a college education or learning a marketable skill generally (not always) provides a much higher income level over the careers of same generational people who do neither. In Georgia everyone has the opportunity to learn - if they don't, shame on them.
My point is this: life isn't always fair and lots of good people suffer, but if one works hard, learns something valuable and stays the course, their lives will most often be more satisfying and comfortable. Please don't simply say it isn't fair that some people live in nicer houses and drive nicer and others don't. This is America, not some socialist country. Accomplishments are earned, rewarded and those people who are successful because of their efforts benefit, while others do not.