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Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The liberal media are trying to give conservatives a bad image. This is unfair but typical of the left.

Liberals think of life in absolutes — good or bad with nothing between the two. Most conservatives realize life is rarely that simple.

No current gun control laws could have prevented the Newtown, Conn., shooting. It was a tragedy. Conservatives grieve the deaths as much as liberals but two wrongs don't make a right. Stricter laws will not prevent another Newtown. They will only infringe upon our Second Amendment rights.

The Panama Canal was completed, in part, because the pesticide DDT killed the malaria-carrying mosquitoes spreading the disease among workers. But DDT hurt the animals and environment, so it was banned. Now millions of people around the world die from malaria. How much are their lives worth?

Our air and water are cleaner now but many jobs in West Virginia and Pennsylvania were lost. That is the cost of a cleaner environment. What do we do about them?

In the 1960s, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act to try to combat discrimination against blacks. Now people complain about reverse discrimination. Have we solved the problem or have we created more racists, blacks and whites?

Charity used to be distributed by community groups and churches. These local groups knew who really needed help and who was just lazy. Then, our government started welfare and Social Security. Later came the Great Society, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Now, half of the country is on the government teat while the other half pay the bill. We have trillion-dollar budget deficits. We no longer can afford the modern version of charity.

Liberals may have good intentions but they fail to see the long-term effects of their actions. Conservatives take the time to study the consequences of their actions before they act. It is a saner approach.

Kathleen Bollinger

Fawn Township

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