- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Wow. Two stories in the same issue about doing good (Cal Thomas, “Business Unusual,” and Mark Hyman, “Why they hate her,” both in Commentary, Wednesday). By “good,” I mean those who have done good things while being castigated by many of their peers for making the peers look bad by comparison.

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy is well-known for his philanthropy and knows the true worth of giving to others. His policy of giving his employees a well-deserved day off (Sunday) every week has had no ill effect on his business and, I would surmise, has endeared him to both employees and customers. His competitors’ response is to drive their employees ever harder into ever longer hours and to make more demands on performance.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has succeeded far above those who think feminism consists mainly of being pro-abortion and anti-family. I say “pro-abortion” rather than “pro-choice” because Mrs. Palin obviously has been able to make her own choices. She just happens to be a very competent person. She is able to balance all those things that make her an “everywoman.” She also has been able to graciously slough off the slings and arrows of the incompetents.

So, get ready for the hate mail. In every generation, there are some men and women who are able to balance a wide variety of activities and make major contributions in many of them. They generally are not liked by the rest of society because they tend to show up the rest of us, at least in worldly terms. However, we owe them a great debt of gratitude because they have made our world better, one act at a time.

In all of history, there has only been one person who lived a perfect life. He never traveled very far, and He had just a few friends, but He changed history, and the calendar is anchored in the dates of His life. In the end, the rest of society crucified Him.

RICHARD B. LAMBERT

Rockville

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