Address at the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, Utica, New York

September 24, 1965


Utica, NY

Poverty leads to crime, to lowered general prosperity, to higher municipal costs and a lower tax base; and where it causes early school dropouts, broken families, and the shattering loss of hope itself, poverty is self-perpetuating and self-generating. Education, the elimination of poverty, the building of a place of beauty and serenity—these are all things worth doing in and for themselves. But I stress their importance to business and industry because it is vital that all of us—those whose primary concern is business, those of us who work in government, and those of us who work in education, city planning, in agriculture, in recreation, in welfare—that all of us work together on what are really only parts of a single problem.