In your Oct. 3 edition, a letter-writer said we should ask ourselves what the state has done for us, because it has done nothing for her. She blamed the governor and other Republicans for no state-supplied benefits. She also claimed that the governor was taking us back to the 1950s by limiting our votes and denying abortions.
Well, I was born in the 1950s, and thankfully not aborted, so I ask myself what the state has done for me. It supplied all my immunization shots at no charge. It gave me 12 years of education with excellent teachers at no charge. It gave me state parks and museums to enjoy and a great highway system to get there. We have police, fire and sheriff departments to protect us, and for the very poor we have welfare and housing assistance and child care.
Just look in the phone book under the state of North Carolina and the same agencies are still here under this governor. Nothing has really changed. You still have the same right to vote, and women can still get an abortion. You still have free speech and freedom of religion.
What has changed is that more people expect the state and federal governments to start new programs with free benefits just for them. I am glad I live in this state and not the state of denial like some people.