The first four people on the list are actors, for heaven’s sake. They read words written by other people.
Many years ago, a committee of the United States House of Representatives was conducting hearings on the struggles of the family farm in America — and among the witnesses called to testify before the committee as experts on the topic were Sally Field and Jessica Lange. Each of these actresses had starred in a recent (1984) film about trying to save a family farm — Ms. Field as the widowed Edna Spalding in Places in the Heart, and Ms. Lange as Jewell Ivy in Country. I wondered if I was the only person who found their invitations to testify before Congress on the plight of American farmwives extremely weird. I don’t recall hearing any public complaints about it, though.
And the rest of the Readers Digest list is no less disheartening, in various ways.