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Letters: Do families need government help?

Do families need government help?

Do families need government help? Photo Credit: M. Ryder / Tribune Media Services

Our family survived the Great Depression without government assistance ["The Libertarian alternative to Obama, Romney," Opinion, Oct. 23]. When my dad lost his job as a toolmaker, he left the state and got a menial job. My mother got up at 5 a.m. to catch a trolley for her job in a cigar factory. I was 10, and my sister and brother took care of me.

We survived somehow. Today, our children all have good jobs because they earned it.

John Herman, North Babylon

I am an 82-year-old retired professional who is, fortunately, in relative good health. But I remember the fear in my mother-in-law's mind when she went to the doctor. She was a widow with a very modest income, and she would try to negotiate with the physician to pay for her care.

When Medicare became law, it gave her peace of mind. Part of staying in good health is keeping up with preventive care. Medicare has achieved its purpose.

Marion Munisteri, Setauket