Letter: In defense of government

Published: 6/23/2022 7:02:36 AM
Modified: 6/23/2022 7:00:14 AM

The jury is still out on who was, or was not, involved in the January 6 coup attempt. But I’m disheartened that some Americans don’t appreciate the value our government provides. When the “greatest generation” finished its work, the government took care of the sick and wounded. The GI Bill provided unemployment benefits, helped vets secure home loans and sent them to college. Dad was the first in our family to do so, allowing him to join the middle class and raise six kids (on one income). Social Security and Medicare helped my parents live comfortably in retirement (after Dad completed 30+ years military service).

Student loans helped us kids go to school and get our own start. Do we want to eliminate those loans, our college system and technical education programs? It’s hypocritical for anyone whose family took advantage of these government programs to call for their demise or attempt to eliminate that government. We can acknowledge that our government is imperfect. But in general, our government serves us darned well. We all benefit from our interstate highway system, air transportation network, parks and forests, food and drug safety agencies, environmental protection programs, and the work of our national security organizations. Government officials should seek efficiencies and dedicate themselves to providing better services to us. It’s prudent to ask how government programs can be improved. But to try to overthrow our government, or suggest drastic reduction to critical public services, is far too simplistic.

David Wessel

New Durham


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