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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of — profit?

Inocencia Perez prepared lunch for her family at their home in Chelsea as her husband, Gerardo Romero, sat with their son Cesar at the kitchen table. Their new landlords are raising the rent by $300 a month.

ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR The Boston Globe

Inocencia Perez prepared lunch for her family at their home in Chelsea as her husband, Gerardo Romero, sat with their son Cesar at the kitchen table. Their new landlords are raising the rent by $300 a month.

In the article “Tenants, buyers of foreclosed units tangle over rents” (Page A1, March 20), I was struck by the comment of a landlord, who asked, “Why are we greedy if we are in it to make a profit? Isn’t that what America is all about?”

Indeed, what is America all about?

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We hardly ever list our American heroes as those who made the most profit. At American funerals, we don’t eulogize Americans who made the most profit. Have you ever been to a funeral of a rich person when everyone talked about what a great American he was because he made more money than anyone else?

No, we Americans value caring, as President Kennedy enjoined us, not about what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country. Real Americans are those who share and sacrifice for others.

Michael Jacoby Brown

Arlington

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