Don Russell (3/3, Letters) says that the easy life is sought by irresponsible, lazy do-nothings at the peril of entrepreneurs. Call me a socialist, but I think the government should step in and help me and others like me instead of greedy Wall Street tycoons and CEOs. The middle class is the backbone of this country, and they have gotten the short end of the stick for too long.
I have worked for the same company for 30 years, and over the past eight years I saw my salary stagnate, my medical insurance costs escalate while the coverage shrunk, my yearly increases (if I was lucky enough to get one) to be a fraction of the inflation rate and my office go from 75 people to seven.
So do I appreciate the freedoms this country has to offer? You bet! I appreciate the freedom for all Americans to have decent health care, good schools for their children, college costs that are reasonable and a good job so they can afford a nice house and buy good food.
If everyone paid their fair share of the tax burden, then no one would be unduly burdened. So go ahead, call me a socialist. I dare you.
Terri C. Hayes