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January 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Michigan man who froze to death

An inexcusable embarrassment

Thank you to The Times for the article on the 93-year-old man in Michigan who froze to death because his heat had been turned off for not paying his bill. We humans have been around for about 200,000 years now with this wonderful brain that enables us, for the first time in the 1-billion-year history of multicellular life, to meet all of our survival needs without competing and killing each other for them.

I think it’s about time we took this new brain for a spin.

Maybe we can establish a national holiday of shame for allowing our fellow humans to die from a lack of basic necessities in the name of keeping a tidy profit for the already overfed. This is taking the spirit of competitive commerce to the obscene extreme.

This is my country and I love it, but I find this event inexcusably embarrassing. We are better than this. Even in this time of crisis, it has to be possible for our people not to die like this.

— Harold Pettus, Everett

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