I couldn't help but compare the birds in “Fairbanks ducks refusing to fly south for winter” (Associated Press, Nov. 11) to our welfare system. Instead of going south, four ducks have set up housekeeping in Fairbanks, Alaska, because people keep feeding them. The biologist dealing with the ducks said that while it's nice people are concerned, in the long run it isn't good for the ducks because it conditions them to stay when they need to get to warmer temperatures. Our welfare system, in many instances, conditions people to stay on welfare. Compassion is a wonderful virtue and we need to help people who need help, but is it compassionate to keep people on welfare who should be developing and using their God-given abilities to do for themselves what the government is doing for them?
This is degrading to people. People working is good for the economy, but work is also good for each person to feel self-worth and have self-respect.
Donna Symes, Oklahoma City