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Trade-offs to make

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The tea party and its adherents would like us to think removing government from the equation of protecting the people is good.

However, there are trade-offs and priorities that we all need to make and incorporate into the decision-making process. One cannot ignore the jobless cancer survivor who now can get insurance and wants to work but can’t. Nor can we ignore the child living in poverty who thinks about gang violence and the pangs of hunger rather than Abraham Lincoln.

Undoubtedly leaving the choice to business interests will lead to the protection of shareholder equity and profits. Investment in infrastructure and our people has longer term benefits that is not reflected in the bottom line and diverts attention on what the real problems are and how we correct them.

We need to realize limited resources need to help and protect those who need it most as their guiding light rather than as a candle in a window that can be blown out at any time and as the tea party might suggest.

Stephen Platt

Crystal Lake

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