Email letters, February 4, 2014

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Ms. Hunsinger’s statement that “The government does not produce anything to grow the economy” is not just wrong, but blatantly ignorant. Government builds and maintaining the roads, interstate highways and airports that allow commerce to occur; the government is responsible for funding and carrying out massive, life-sustaining infrastructure projects, like building Hoover Dam, our own Government Highline Canal and the Grand Valley canal system, which provide life-sustaining water and allow people to make a living off their land. The government assures the air is safe to breathe and water is safe to drink, and guarantees every citizen a free public education which is the underpinning of our civilized society. The government regulates the purity of our drugs and the cleanliness of food service establishments and hospitals to prevent the unchecked spread of communicable disease. Government funds the parks where families go to enjoy the outdoors together. Government provides a system of justice that is the great equalizer of our society. Need I say more? Like so many people in Mesa County, Ms. Hunsinger’s profound lack of understanding about the important role of government in our society makes it clear she is in dire need of a refresher civics class.

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