For healthy economy, pursue your passions

Gregg Janusí op-ed (Herald, May 20) struck a chord with me. There was a time when our society valued a personís hard work, whether it be physical or intellectual. Nowadays, we seem to think that if someone has an MBA, a law degree or is a CEO, they play a more important role than someone performing manual labor.

I think that the person who works an assembly line producing automobiles, or the person who maintains that car are as critical to our economy as the CEO who owns the company.

I would like to suggest that instead of encouraging all high school students to go to college and then on for an MBA, etc., we encourage young people to follow their personal interests and passions. Maybe then we will have a society that includes and values all professions: vocational and technology professionals, people who provide personal services to others, researchers who lead us into the future, those who choose to go for advanced degrees or the artists that enhance the beauty of everyday life.

Acknowledging the importance of manual labor and all professions will benefit the economy here at home for everyone, not just the few who are considered successful for no other reason than making money.

Carol Simmons