There are four kinds of people in this world.

The first are people who need assistance to survive: the young, the elderly, the sick and the poor.

The second are those who take care of themselves.

The third kind are people who take care of themselves and others. They are the lifeblood of society: giving parents, genuine leaders, people who devote their lives to medicine, law enforcement, firefighters, national defense and charity. Of all the people on earth, they are the essential ones because they take care of those who cannot care for themselves.

Sadly, though, there is a fourth kind. They are the people who take from others. They are the weakest among us: criminals, con men and, regrettably, many of our nation's leaders.

One reason that things are so bad now is that so many of our business and political leaders take from their constituencies for their own personal gain. In other words, they are no longer our strongest; they are our weakest.

They are in the news every day. Easy to recognize!

Maybe we need to ask ourselves which group do we fit into today? Are we/am I part of the problem? Or part of the solution?

Florence Efferding, Winter Haven