Letters to the Editor

Letter: Paying for protection

In the 1980s, the federal government imposed a mandate requiring me, via my taxes, to pay for “protection” against Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua Christians, whom the government called “communists” without providing the names of any of the dead.

Two decades later, I had to pay for protection mandates against Afghans and Iraqis. Now I’m paying a mandate “protecting” me from Palestinians. I don’t find paying for government “protection” much different from paying for mafia “protection.” I never got any “freedom to choose,” unless you mean freedom to choose to stay out of prison.

Unlike the federal government overreach into our wallets to finance killing innocent people, masks and vaccines really protect us. Is that why we fight them so much?

— Geoff Kennedy

Anchorage

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