Mark Leyva was wrong in his letter stating that government is the problem and not the solution.
Government is the foundation upon which our society rests. Without it, we'd live in anarchy. We have to remember that we and our neighbors are the government and no one is perfect. People in government make mistakes just as we all do in our lives.
Government may make mistakes, but it gets it right far more often than it messes up. But some people only remember the screw-ups. The more good, smart people we get involved in government, the better its decisions will be and the better our society will become.
We need qualified, progressive and foreword-thinking people in our government. We need to elect people who want to make things better, not tear things down — people who will surround themselves with other smart, qualified people. We need people who want to improve things rather than just complain about what's wrong. Most importantly, we need to be involved ourselves because each of us is the government in our own small way. It's not us versus the government. It's all of us as the government. Don't sit back like Mr. Leyva and throw stones. Get involved and make a difference.
— David Vinzant, Hobart