Skip to main content

Paying the price for independence

04/30/2014 02:09PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print



By Glenn Mollette 

The dream of the average American is independence. 

Under this umbrella known as the American dream is the pursuit

of owning a home, a car, a stable paying job and the ability to provide for our food, clothing and enough cash to care for our family.  Americans work one or two jobs forty to sixty hours a week to keep this umbrella over our heads. 

Independence is never easy or cheap. Most Americans pay 20 to 30 years to own a house. A lot of Americans never own one.  Young adults are graduating from college owing from $28,000 to more than $100,000 before they even begin their first real job.  

Americans with medical insurance often end up tens of thousands of dollars in debt due to being responsible for 20 percent of their medical bills. More than 1.7 million people filed bankruptcy due to medical bills in 2012, and 56 million more Americans struggled with medical bills. Too many Americans have worked for corporations for ten to twenty years to learn their employer is moving to Honduras, Mexico or simply closing to reorganize and reopen in another state. 

Traditionally, Americans have dreamed of plugging into an employer or career and working thirty years. The hope is to progress, grow and be rewarded throughout the career. When retirement age comes then we hope to pay ourselves to do whatever we want to do which could include golfing, fishing, traveling or walking the beach. 

Our forefathers came here seeking independence from British rule.  They wanted to enjoy religious freedom, own some land and have the freedom to carve out a living for themselves and their families. The pursuit of their dreams was tough and many died. 

Their sacrifices paved the way for survivors and others who would follow. They and every generation that followed handed to us the America we enjoy. It is humbling to walk the national cemetery in Arlington knowing that so many died for what we have today. Whether standing at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier or at a friend's grave in Kentucky, who died in Vietnam, I am starkly reminded that a huge price of sacrifice has been paid for all of us in America.

My mother and father worked hard for forty years. I benefited from their labor. Numerous schoolteachers invested in me for years without a lot of pay. The spectrum of debt we all owe is wide. From the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Martin Luther King, Bill Gates and millions of others our lives are enriched because so many have worked hard and sacrificed much. 

Americans have enjoyed the freedom to dream, pursue, fail and try again. All the while everything we are doing today has been made possible or a little easier because of the price paid by so many others who have given so much.


 

Glenn Mollette is a columnist and author.  

Contact him at GMollette@aol.com.   Like his facebook page at www.facebook.com/glennmollette.


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline



glenn mollette


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Train the Trainer - Exclusive 3 Day Workshop

    02/23/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Training is a critical piece of the success of any organization. Improved skills and knowledge a...


  • Drop in on Nature

    02/23/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/23/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • SCCCC Network at Noon

    02/23/2017
    11:30AM — 01:30PM

    Join us at The Gables at Chadds Ford for Southern Chester County's most popular mid-day networkin...


  • Environmental Landscape Design

    02/23/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    Ecogically sound landscapes require less maintenance, fewer inputs, and are adapted to local envi...


  • Nature Studio

    02/23/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Broadway In the Borough

    02/23/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Broadway in your Backyard! You don't have to drive to The City to hear professional voices and B...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    02/23/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • "HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT" AUTHOR PRESENTATION

    02/23/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Do you want to foster resiliency and self-reliance in your children? The UCFSD Wellnes...


  • The Matchmaker

    02/23/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/27/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    02/27/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/01/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/01/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Train the Trainer - Exclusive 3 Day Workshop

    02/23/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Training is a critical piece of the success of any organization. Improved skills and knowledge a...


  • Drop in on Nature

    02/23/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/23/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • SCCCC Network at Noon

    02/23/2017
    11:30AM — 01:30PM

    Join us at The Gables at Chadds Ford for Southern Chester County's most popular mid-day networkin...


  • Environmental Landscape Design

    02/23/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    Ecogically sound landscapes require less maintenance, fewer inputs, and are adapted to local envi...


  • Nature Studio

    02/23/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    02/23/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • Broadway In the Borough

    02/23/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Broadway in your Backyard! You don't have to drive to The City to hear professional voices and B...


  • "HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT" AUTHOR PRESENTATION

    02/23/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Do you want to foster resiliency and self-reliance in your children? The UCFSD Wellnes...


  • The Matchmaker

    02/23/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Train the Trainer - Exclusive 3 Day Workshop

    02/24/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Training is a critical piece of the success of any organization. Improved skills and knowledge a...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/24/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8 Students Sun., Jan. 29, 1-4pm, inst. Susan Bankert ...


  • Fundamentals of Pruning

    02/24/2017
    10:30AM — 02:00PM

    Proper pruning is the key to maintaining plant health, vigor, and the desired form. In this hands...


  • Classical Guitar

    02/24/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Brad Rau has been performing music for over 20 years all over Boston, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, a...


  • The Matchmaker

    02/24/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Winter Theatre Classes at People's Light!

    02/25/2017
    09:00AM — 01:30PM

    New plays are an exciting opportunity to discover your next favorite story! Our winter classes wi...


  • Bird Walk

    02/25/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Newlin Grist Mill and Wild Birds Unlimited-Concordville are teaming up to explore the wonderful w...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/25/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8 Students Sun., Jan. 29, 1-4pm, inst. Susan Bankert ...


  • Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8 Students Sun., Jan. 29, 1-4pm, inst. Susan Bankert ...


  • The Women’s Association of the Avondale Presbyterian Church will host its annual Soup, Cheese, & ...


  • The Matchmaker

    02/25/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8 Students Sun., Jan. 29, 1-4pm, inst. Susan Bankert ...


  • Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8 Students Sun., Jan. 29, 1-4pm, inst. Susan Bankert ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/26/2017
    12:00PM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Inspiration!

    02/26/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    On February 26 at 2:00 pm, Pennsylvania Philharmonic and music director Michael Butterman, will p...


  • The Matchmaker

    02/26/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/27/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    02/27/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Drop in on Nature

    02/28/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    02/28/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • The Matchmaker

    02/28/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • The Galer Estate family invites you to join our Wine Club, a community of members who enjoy fine ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/01/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/01/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/02/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/02/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Botanical Art: Guided Studio Time

    03/02/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Enjoy drawing and painting in the company of others in a relaxed, supportive environment. Begin a...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • Nature Studio

    03/02/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    03/02/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/02/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/03/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • March First Friday

    03/03/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Come to Downtown Oxford and Get Lucky! Play Downtown Oxford BINGO, shop, eat and have fun!


  • Grace Bible Chapel Hosts Mark Cable In Concert

    03/03/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Singer, songwriter and humorist Mark Cable will be in concert at Grace Bible Chapel, 1949 Joseph ...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/03/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/04/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Enhancing Life in the Soil

    03/04/2017
    10:00AM — 02:30PM

    Native plant communities are supported by healthy, balanced soils that contain a diverse array of...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • Meet Your Theatre Match at THE MATCHMAKER!

    03/04/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Looking for the perfect theatre companion? Join fellow theatre fans for a wine and cheese recepti...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/04/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Pottery for Beginners ONE-DAY POTTERY: Handbuilding Ages: 16+ years Level: Beginner, Limit 8...


  • 2017 53rd Annual West Chester Coin Show

    03/05/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    2017 53rd Annual West Chester Coin Club Coin Show March 5, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM Free Admission ...


  • 2017 53rd Annual West Chester Coin Show

    03/05/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    2017 53rd Annual West Chester Coin Club Coin Show March 5, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM Free Admission ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/05/2017
    12:00PM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/05/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/06/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    03/06/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • Seeking Part-time Paid Volunteer

    03/07/2017
    12:00AM — 11:00PM

    Seeking local coordinator for high school exchange program. Locate and train volunteer host famil...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/07/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/07/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Spring Wreaths

    03/07/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Register to make an spring fabric wreath. Please bring at least 2 yards of fabric of your choice ...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/07/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Pippin

    03/07/2017
    07:30PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/08/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pippin

    03/08/2017
    02:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Landscape for Life

    03/08/2017
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    Create healthy, beautiful landscapes using a toolkit of basic skills that work in harmony with na...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/08/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Pippin

    03/08/2017
    07:30PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/09/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/09/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Nature Studio

    03/09/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    03/09/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/09/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Pippin

    03/09/2017
    07:30PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/10/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/10/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Pippin

    03/10/2017
    08:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • 2017 Women's Leadership Summit

    03/11/2017
    08:00AM — 04:00PM

    The Junior League of Wilmington invites you to attend the Second Annual Women's Leadership Summit...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/11/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Pippin

    03/11/2017
    02:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/11/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Pippin

    03/11/2017
    08:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/12/2017
    12:00PM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • What's more fun than a musical? How about a musical about a musical? What's more fun than a weddi...


  • Pippin

    03/12/2017
    02:00PM

    Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wo...


  • Artisanal Tasting Event

    03/12/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Join us at the winery on March 12th from 2-6pm for our highly anticipated artisanal tasting event...


  • The Matchmaker

    03/12/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    By Thornton Wilder Directed by Abigail Adams February 15-March 12, 2017 Leonard C. Haas Stage ...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/13/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Debtors Anonymous

    03/13/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience wit...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/14/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/14/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/15/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Drop in on Nature

    03/16/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM Fall session: Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday...


  • Dinosaur Revolution

    03/16/2017
    09:30AM — 04:30PM

    Uncover facts and fossils about dinosaurs in Dinosaur Revolution, an interactive learning experie...


  • Nature Studio

    03/16/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30AM

    Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM Fall session: December 1st, 8th and 15th Winter session: Starts J...


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    03/16/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


Chester County High School Sports