Letters to the Editor for Jan. 16, 2019
January 16, 2019
According to our founding fathers, you have the right to the pursuit of happiness. That means you have the right to pursue your happiness to the best of your abilities under the laws of our country.
The government does not guarantee your happiness; you have to make your bed and you have to take the consequences for all your actions. Sometimes we make poor decisions and it's nobody's fault but our own.
We have no right to get free stuff from the government or from anyone else for that matter. If the touchy-feely politicians want to give you free stuff, well, that's what elections are for. It's easy to give money away when it's not your money. Politicians forget that there is no free lunch. Somebody has to pay for our free lunches. So get off your fat A … and earn your way.
We have no build-in rights for free health care, free college, free food, free housing, free ?? … free ?? … free??
If our school districts would start teaching our kids history, they would see some similarities from the past. The Romans ruled the world, but their demise came from within, and the U.S. is following the same stupid philosophy the Romans followed. Learn from other people's mistakes as well as from our mistakes.
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