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August 11, 1996

People must take greater responsibility

It seems impossible in recent months to read the editorial page of the local papers without being barraged by attacks on John Gary. Did we forget that we placed him in office by a majority? As I remember, he's there because we wanted less taxes, smaller government and more control of our lives.

Several months ago, my wife overheard my 6-year-old's teacher complain that the school had run out of paper for the younger children's art classes. My wife works as a pressman for a printing company and asked them if they could give the school some of their paper that was scrap for their use but would be perfect for art sheets. The teacher eventually asked my wife to stop bringing it because the stock room was full. It cost us nothing except a little time. Wouldn't a little parental time and guidance help offset problems caused from adding three to five students to a classroom?

Last year, my child's school lost two buses to another school. This meant that the bus service to my sitter's house (who is disabled and can't drive) was discontinued. After 17 years as a machinist, I quit my job and started my own business, in part so that I would be free to shuttle my children back and forth (and because raises were almost nonexistent for the past few years). I now have more control over my family's life, and I'm willing to accept the responsibility that comes along with it.

With four children, I'm constantly borrowing from life insurance policies and our other retirement sources, none of which are company-paid. In the past, I worked two jobs, on and off, as necessity dictated. Why do government employees feel they should be exempt from the uncertainty of everyday life that the public faces? After all, we do pay their salaries.

Charles M. Pace

Brooklyn Park

GOP should love Dr. Kevorkian

Honesty, clear statement of policy and human caring are not historically Republican characteristics. Therefore, open support for Dr. Jack Kevorkian won't be forthcoming from that camp. However, Dr. Kevorkian, in his function (if we strip him of his thoroughly decent motives) deserves government grants, a large staff and at least clandestine support from the Republican Party.

A Congress which herds the sick and needy into managed health care to pare down costs (and increase profit) for large health care companies ought to honestly embrace a man who helps "individuals with high utilization patterns" remove themselves from the "overburdened" health care rolls.

This is not Dr. Kevorkian's motive, and his courage and empathy are admirable. Regardless, in the future, many may be seeking his services to escape dehumanization by a thoroughly uncaring "health care" industry.

Sandra H. G. Nolen


Pub Date: 8/11/96

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