Katherine R. Hix
The Aug. 25 letter from Glenn Watson (“The poor just don’t want to work,” Pick of the day) disputes John Stuart Mill’s statement that “most stupid people are conservative.”
Watson feels that “the stupid people of this country . . . refuse to work for their livelihood or contribute to our republic,” and that “50 percent of [American] people pay no federal income taxes.” I obtained the following recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Wikipedia:
* 23.5 percent of Americans are under the age of 18.
* 12.8 percent of Americans are 65 or older.
Hix lives in Boones Mill.