Here's a delightful story from today's morning paper, certain to make you want to hurl your breakfast:
But because the Barbeys did tab Peter to leave sunny Arizona to take over the reins of Reading Eagle Company, one must ask the question: What has this ultra-rich family given back to our community? Are they doing anything to fight poverty? Or improve education? Combat crime? Provide job training for those lacking in opportunities?
Unless I am missing something, the answer is a big fat zero.
Never heard Barbey and philanthropy mentioned in the same breath. Not once. Not with the pages of the family's own newspaper describing, every day, how so many people are hurting.
If anything, one must wonder why Peter (known around the Eagle offices as "the Little Prince") would even bother trying to rescue a sinking ship in a flagging industry. Why not sell the dump and use your money to get a big boner running in some Republican primaries? (No, we do not know how the inter-family squabbles are playing out with the Flippins, the Hatfields to the Barbeys' McCoys in this Eagle family feud.)
One thing's for sure: The royal Barbeys will continue to lobby heavily for issues that matter mightily to their fat pocketbook, such as the elimination of the estate tax, because Reading Eagle Company, is, after all, just a family farm.