I found Mr. Christian Eck's view — that Democratic values are somehow not complementary to "mountain values" — most shortsighted and offensive ["Democrats Don't Represent Our Mountain Values," May 5]. Let's look another way at some of the ones he lists:
Limited government. These two words mean absolutely nothing without the details. Does it mean fewer police, less money for education and allowing the deterioration of public roads and bridges? These are some of the things that government does.
Lower taxes. President Obama has lowered taxes to levels not seen since the 1950s. How much lower can they go without increasing public suffering? There is no free lunch.
Guns, guns, guns. The NRA continually thwarts even the simplest and most sane safeguards for firearms. Anyone can buy an AK-47. Gun-death [rates] in the U.S. outnumber [those of] any other civilized Western country. "Mountain values"?
State and local government meddling, interfering, coercing and making more difficult a woman's legal right to choose.
A defense budget larger than the entire budget of most countries. Our young men and women still stationed all over the world — still in Germany and Japan — to name only two of 135! Wars of choice — like Iraq, that sap the wealth of our nation, and our fine young men and women.
Individual freedom. To do what, exactly? Avoid house or car insurance? To pollute the air and the water? To drive 80 miles per hour in a school zone? Conveniently, Mr. Eck doesn't say what he would do with additional "freedom" in our society.
Democrats have been behind most of the features of our society that the average citizen holds dear: Social Security, Medicare, the GI bill, child labor laws, health care, the Voting Rights Act, and the largest economic expansion in peacetime history — under President Clinton. I wonder which of these benefits Mr. Eck would take from us to achieve his version of "mountain values."
— Mark C. Yungbluth