By Carolyn Muddiman Patterson
I write in regard to President Barack Obama’s Roanoke speech July 13. He stated that individuals do not start businesses; someone else deserves the credit. I write as the daughter of a deceased Roanoke native and businessman.
If my father did not start his West Church Avenue business after World War II, I would very much like to know the person who did. I cannot understand why my parents assumed the financial risks for this business when someone else is credited, by the president, with starting it.
Patterson, of Roanoke, is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Alabama.