Eugene L. Conrotto: Capitalism also enriches lives

January 24, 2014 

As an avowed liberal, I applaud the president and the pope for addressing the problem of income disparity. Capitalism is ripe for reform. But I also applaud what capitalism has meant for me.

As a boy I was privileged to spend many wonderful hours in the Gilroy Public Library, built by money from the quintessential “robber baron,” Andrew Carnegie.

Leland Stanford, 19th century tycoon and industrialist, gave his fortune to build a university that I was privileged to attend.

And the Modesto Gallos funded a magnificent venue for the arts that I am likewise privileged to attend. Capitalism has enriched my life.

EUGENE L. CONROTTO

Modesto

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