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October 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Reform the government to live within its means

Accept responsibility and think about our children’s future

Can’t we just support ourselves? What is this raging desire to pass debt on to our kids and grandkids? [“Obamacare: ‘Great start’ here, while Oregon lags,” page one, Oct. 18].

That recession was a glimpse of the future, and it was good for us! It made us all more realistic. Now, while people are still shaken by the recession, it is the time to change our ways. To our politicians I say, “Reform the government to live within its means, and expect us to do the same. Treat us like adults.”

Yes, our kids need help, but things aren’t what they need most. A kid’s need for love, compassion and a work ethic equals his need of an education and a healthy diet. Math and computer skills aren’t going to rescue our society.

Medical insurance isn’t going to stop gang fights. Welfare isn’t going to end drug dependence. Self-respect, confidence and work ethic taught in every school will go further than any pork a Congress member brings home.

It’s time to accept responsibility for our debts, time to model for our youth a workable, self-respecting lifestyle. Politicians who put the next generation’s true welfare ahead of their own careers will earn my respect and my vote.

Priscilla Schmidt, Auburn

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