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Our readers' mailbag this week moves on from the contentious election season.

We're not a socialist country

Socialism is when the state controls the means of production. That is, owns the factories and such where people work.

America is nothing like a socialist state at all. We are a democratic republic of states with a capitalist economy. No one wants to change that. Not even Bernie Sanders, who I'll admit made a grave marketing error in deciding to call himself a Democratic Socialist, opening the door for all uneducated alarmists to align him and anyone with the term "social" in their makeup as communists. Which is again, totally different from socialism.

Equating taxes that would allow everyone in the country to have health care, higher education, and housing to socialism is bunk. We pay taxes for schools, libraries, police departments, fire departments, roads, airports, ports, and the military. If taxes is socialism, than the U.S. military is the largest and most expensive socialist organization in the world. And everyone seems to have been fine with that since the middle of the last century.

Get a clue, people. Look up the definitions of words once in a while. Stop buying into the propaganda.

H. Weston Drumheller, Warren

Good on our community

Hooray for all the sharing and caring people in Columbia County! The many volunteers helping fire evacuees and their animals at the Columbia County Fairgrounds was amazing.

For those few people who say, "It's not our problem," I say tzedakah! (It's an ethical obligation.)

Rosemary Silen, Warren


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