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Socialism

Winston Churchill paraphrased Friedrich Hayek  in his book, The Road to Serfdom.  I found his explanation of socialism (progressivism) chilling, because the same forces are swirling around us, now in Biden’s America.  “Socialism is inseparable interwoven with Totalitarianism and the worship of the State.  Look how the socialists (progressives) hunger for controls of every kind, as if they were delectable foods instead of inflictions and monstrosities.  There is to be one State to which all are to be obedient in every act of our lives.  The State is to be the arch-employer, the arch-planner, the arch-administrator and ruler, and the arch-caucus boss.  Socialism (progressivism) in its essence, is an attack not only upon free enterprise, but upon the right of the ordinary man or woman to breathe freely without having a harsh, clumsy, tyrannical hand clapped across their mouths and nostrils.”  Are we in a country where individual rights and freedoms are allowed or are we subject to the almighty state?

Donald Houghton

Quincy

Gun guidance

For the life of me I cannot understand how it is unconstitutional for states to charge a tax or require tests to vote, yet lawful Americans are required to purchase the right to possess arms, pass tests, pay for training and then are limited to what type of arms they can possess while ones they can cost more due to rigorous testing to unproven standards set by Massachusetts.

Why? Well neither the Massachusetts nor the United States constitutions allow this privilege to federal or state public servants to act upon the Right to Arms by lawful citizens.

How are arms being infringed when no such privilege is allowed?

Can’t violate the right to vote but, infringe the right to arms though.

Therefore, my confusion.

Don Schwarz

Stoughton

Right to die

Physician-assisted suicide should be available to mentally competent patients who have failed medical therapy and whose suffering can no longer be palliated. They wish to spare themselves and their loved ones the cruel suffering that attends so many slow deaths, and they know better than we do that the prolongation of suffering in the vain pursuit of another day is not the extension of a quality life. The Hippocratic Oath counsels doctors to do no harm. We must recognize that extending a period of intolerable suffering against a patient’s express wishes is harmful.

Paul Bloustein, M.D.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Baker move

Howie Carr missed the point about the N.C.A.A. appointing Gov. Baker as president of its operations: the N.C.A.A., too, has lost its “bite” and has no control over its athletes and the money surrounding them. It’s the perfect assignment for him, and  Baker will feel right at home there.

Pete Boisvert
Auburn

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