Stephen M. Elliston: Bad decisions plague ‘disadvantaged’

January 6, 2014 

In the Jan. 5 N&O, I read three items describing the “plight” of our “disadvantaged” populations living in Durham and in Raleigh. In all of these articles, the message was clear: These people need help from our government leaders.

In the news article “Transforming Tarboro Street,” reference is made to the “dominant” cluster of convenience stores advertising malt liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets. Did it ever occur to anyone at your newspaper that maybe people living in these neighborhoods are there not because they are disadvantaged but rather because they make very bad decisions on how they run their lives?

Stephen M. Elliston

President & CEO, Carolina BioPharm

Raleigh

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