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Letter: From Reagan, an astounding comment

'Government at any level is seldom helpful but always costly. You cannot believe in freedom and prosperity and also think government is something we benefit from." This is a direct quote from Rep. John Reagan's candidate statement in our town newspaper, the Forum, in his bid for state Senate. It completely astounds me. Since when did government become the evil empire?

Perhaps Reagan needs to visit the sites of the old "poor farms" around New Hampshire where, prior to Social Security, the elderly and disabled who were unable to continue working spent their final days. He should also take a walk through our public buildings and schools and pay attention to the structural modifications that have been made for our disabled population, individuals who were mostly housebound prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1976. And what about those juicy oranges from Florida that Reagan is able to enjoy in January? Could that have anything to do with Dwight Eisenhower's interstate highway system? Didn't each of these nasty government policies contribute to the "freedom and prosperity" of millions of Americans?

Furthermore, if government isn't anything we can benefit from, why is Reagan campaigning to be part of it?

BERNIE CAMERON

Deerfield

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