What would Carnegie do?

Published: Sunday, Jun. 1, 2014 - 3:06 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 - 11:40 am

Re "Middle Class Faces Perils of New Gilded Age" (Editorial, June 1): If Andrew Carnegie were alive today, what might he think of Steve Ballmer spending $2 billion of his Microsoft fortune to buy a professional sports team?

Carnegie believed the rich have a moral obligation to give away their fortunes for worthy causes which he preceded to do with generous gifts to the arts, education and the study of international relations. Most notably, Carnegie created thousands of public libraries worldwide, including almost 1,700 in the U.S. alone.

What Carnegie didn't do was buy overpriced sports teams. I wonder how history will remember Ballmer?

-- Gary K. Hart, Sacramento

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