Letter: Government can destroy quality of life

You have seen lists of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

However, your risks for death are measured by more than diseases. If you look at the interdependent web of life on earth, other measures of life and death include: contaminants in our water and air; numbers of bullets intended for human targets; fowl and other game exposed to shotgun lead; soil, paint, and gasoline tainted with lead; plant sprays harmful to food pollinators; poultry, fish, and livestock fed antibiotics creating disease-resistant bacteria; the ease of voting on issues that affect you; the ease of getting medicine, food, clothing and shelter you need; the mixing of religion and/or big money and politics; the mingling of corporations with news-making, defense budgets and health and safety laws; and more.

We created government to manage the mix of life and death in our lives. When that government — at any level — starts to promote rules and actions which destroy your quality of life and promote the risk for death, then that interdependent web of life you are part of is weakened. Whether Democrats, Republicans Independents, etc., I doubt that result is what you want from government. There is power in unity and the taxes we pay to government to manage our life-death mix is more effective than each trying to reach the same goals. And there is power in numbers, to protest and vote against those government ideologues, rogues and radicals — right or left — who weaken your interdependent web of life.

Charles Cizio

Cedar Rapids

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