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LETTER: Government programs fit with Constitution

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

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In the recent Hubbard County Republican commentary, statements are made that “We are not OK with citizens who think that improving life means telling others what they have to do with their own health” and that “Government was not created to provide people with health care, housing, jobs, etc.”

The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states that “We the People of the United States, in Order

to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the

common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to

Ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of

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America.”

Don’t governmental organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the National

Institutes of Health, when they are trying to protect the public health in dealing with pandemics,

fit right into the clause of promoting the general welfare? Sure, they tell us how to protect our health and that of others, but isn’t that important? Could the free market be as effective in

managing pandemics, plus researching and developing vaccines without governmental help?

We benefit from governmental departments of transportation and police as well. Stopping at red

lights may interfere with my personal liberty to drive however I wish, but I know that obeying

traffic laws is good for my health and that of others.

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Government programs, like Medicare and Social Security, besides promoting the general

welfare, help the oldest citizens who are beyond their working years secure the blessings of

liberty.

Do we really want to return to a “free market economy,” as the Hubbard County GOP suggests

is preferable, and let older folks totally fend for themselves financially when it comes to health

care and housing?

Governmental programs like these are not the total answer, but they provide invaluable help. Sure, we pay taxes to support these programs, just like we pay taxes to support roads and schools, but is that really so bad? Or is it bad that the government supports programs like NASA, from which many of our technological advances come? We surely benefit from these programs.

I think these are proper functions of government and fit with the Preamble’s ideas.

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Editor’s note: Both the Hubbard County DFL and Hubbard County Republicans are invited to write columns for the Enterprise’s Opinion page.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.