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Just another rant about government

To the editor:

Normally when reading the newspaper, if I come across something that I know will bother me, I do not read it. So when I browsed through the DuWayne Paul column, I meant to pass it by. But I was seduced by the Rubicon [Echo Press, March 26, Page A4]. I thought of other Caesar things: “Veni, Vidi, Vici” or “Et tu, Brute?” I liked history and literature; Latin not so much.

I was soon disappointed. It was just another get-government-off-my-back rant. No discussion of the complex and necessary relationship between a single citizen and his or her government. No discussion of the common good and how that good can be promoted.

For example, according to the 2010 census, Douglas County has an aging population with those aged over 50 numbering slightly over 40 percent. The percentage is projected to grow larger. With rising health care costs, longer lives, how can we possibly hope to manage caring for all these people without the government? The difference will be between an active life with choices and possibilities and simply being warehoused.

What about poverty, environment, climate change - all issues impossible to deal with as a single individual.

Why is it so easy to just rant about government and its intrusion into our lives when the real issue is how do we get government to help us deal with all these important issues? We are the people referred to in the Preamble of our Constitution. We are the government.

Aw, what the heck, I am an old guy. Why get all riled up? I should just go back to puttering around. Heck, if the government would just get off my back, maybe I would not have to be concerned about milfoil getting into the lake or even worse, zebra mussels.