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Your Letter: Byman's letter full of ridiculous claims

I am writing regarding a letter which appeared on April 10 from Elaine Byman of Wadena.

Elaine states, "Do we want a socialist America? Do we want to keep losing our freedoms? Do we want to live in socialism?"

Well, Elaine, I have news for you. We have socialism all around us: our transportation system, our school, our parks, to name a few. It seems to me it has been functioning quite well under a capitalist system. Socialism (my interpretation) in essence is for the common good. While capitalism is the concentration of capital in the hands of a few favoring concentration of wealth.

It is the capitalist system that got us into the mess we find ourselves in today, which is commonly known as greed.

I resent the implication that those of us who support our president have less moral values than those of you that do not. You cannot in good conscience be against the health care bill that just passed because access to health care is the most important domestic moral value our country faced and it should have been done years ago. I hope you read the article by former Sen. Mark Dayton (opposite your letter) titled "Rural funding cuts lack fundamental fairness." I would say this man is highly qualified to be our next governor.

You write, "the one that's in the presidency and his cronies are not devoted to the U.S. and its institutions and do not want America to be independent." Really?!

I find this statement incredible as to how anyone could possibly come to this conclusion.

In closing, I have to say how ashamed I am the way some people tear this president down. How do you think the rest of the world looks at us the way we treat our president? We will never have peace in the world until we find peace at home. We are sending the world mixed messages. I'm all for freedom of speech and constructive criticism, but to the extent some carry this cherished freedom is downright nauseating and belittles us as a country.

Pauline Lease