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Ryan needs to lead by example

Dear Editor:

Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan believes in the sanctity of the individual, a la Ayn Rand. Each individual is absolutely in charge of his or her responsibility to self and has no reason to shed that responsibility in a communal connection with family, child or neighbor.

Thus, a finely tuned government does not concern itself with programs for citizens who fail in this duty. Government’s responsibilities are the maintenance of domestic order and the military enforcement of the security of our nation.

For me to embrace this vision, I need Ryan to lead by example. He has been in Congress some 20 years and has accumulated a champagne health care and pension program instituted by our government exclusively for its workers in the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

As an individual completely responsible unto himself, it is an opportunity for him to step forward to forswear the personal future of this entitlement and to return the accumulation of the past 20-odd years to the government since he is well positioned in his individual responsibility.

Ryan’s ideology is strong and pure. I know he will be a fine example of its truth.

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Mabel Macdonald

Carbondale

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