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Letter: Why we need government

Thirty-three Chilean miners were trapped underground for 69 days.

It need not have happened if the mine owners had followed the law concerning required escape routes, and the Chilean government had enforced the law. They were rescued because of a multimillion-dollar rescue effort from the Chilean government with help from foreign countries including the United States, especially in regard to technology.

Rand Paul, Tea Party candidate for Senate from Kentucky, says we should reduce mining regulations. Connect the dots. Isn't it time we had a real discussion about the role of government?

Carol Thomton

Clara City