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Quote of the Day - Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. - Oscar Wilde
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We Forgive Selflessness, But Not Selfishness

You've probably heard of Adelphia, the cable company headquartered in Philly. It's not far from where I went to high school, so I've probably paid more attention to the story because it's about "back home."

Somewhat typical of prominent Pennsylvanians (such as Congressman Dan Flood, who was elected despite an indictment and pending criminal trials [scroll down to patronage and scandal]) they can - and do - receive forgiveness. In the Luzerne County, where my parents grew up, that election was revered, and frequently pointed to as an indication of the rewards you get for "taking care of your own."

Perhaps those winds are changing direction, though, but then again, perhaps not. Adelphia's founder, John Rigas has been convicted of fraud and a number of similar crimes. Now that it's trying to raise funds to repay creditors since it filed bankruptcy, Adelphia requested a bankruptcy judge to force Rigas and his sons to repay the $3.2 billion they allegedly took from the cable company. Adelphia alleges that the Rigases used company funds and credit to enrich themselves, and is now demanding immediate repayment, plus interest.

Long gone are the political patronage days. But the Rigas/Adelphia scandal is not about patronage. People are less sympathetic to those who get caught with their hand in the till and take care of themselves instead of others. Funny how that forgiveness thing works, isn't it?

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