A doctor draws medicine into a syringe during a kidney...

A doctor draws medicine into a syringe during a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Credit: Getty Images, 2012

Recently, a letter to Newsday stated that health care and education should be the primary responsibilities of government ["Health care is a basic gov't function," July 22].

If this is true, shouldn't supplying food to citizens also be included, since we can't be healthy without a good diet? But wait, perhaps housing should also be a primary government responsibility, since we can't be healthy without a roof over our heads.

Further, how can we get a good education without government supplying our books, computers and tuition money? Finally, we can't be educated or healthy without clothes, so government should also buy us clothes, shouldn't it?

Oh, I forgot. How can we be educated and employed without being connected? Let's add a cellphone to the government shopping list. Would anyone like to add to the list of the things that government (taxpayers) should buy for us?

Michael J. Cisek, East Islip