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Al Mercer

Brevard, NC




Count Your Blessings

To the editor: How would you like to live in a country that is rich with diamonds, gold and other metals? A country that once was a major exporter of bananas, pineapples, coffee, peanuts and palm oil? So why is it that your income is only $1,083 per year?

Could it be that your country lacks the roads and institutions, the infrastructure, to support its economic development? Could it be that the money required for development somehow disappeared into the pockets of corrupt politicians? Could it be that your citizens could not overcome being ruled by a single president for 25 years? A president who was able to change your country’s constitution to extend his time in office whenever it suited him?

Is your plight like all Third World countries, rich in resources but short on governance? Will Guinea ever be able to throw off the yoke of corruption and offer its citizens the prosperity they work so hard for?

Thank God for the United States of America; no matter your political leanings or your particular circumstances, please take the time to recognize where you live and how much better off you are than citizens of a Third World country. 

Al Mercer, Brevard