I went on to Brooklyn College where I received a superb education at the taxpayers’ expense and worked in a biology lab, where I was paid from a national grant. This allowed me to go to medical school which I attended with the help of federally guaranteed loans. Then on to residency training which is supported in part from federal dollars. So I got a lot of help and I now employ 35 people, pay lots of taxes and I am giving back.
Today, there is another young child starting out and he or she may one day be a “job creator” and taxpayer and help keep America a great nation. So I will shrug off “Atlas Shrugged” and help someone with their boot straps because someone helped me when I needed it. That’s what it is to be an American.
Wayne L. Goldner, MD
Shea-Porter is best choice for Congress
To the editor:
Carol Shea-Porter served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011 and was defeated by Frank Guinta who arrived with the Tea Party.
What has been happening since Carol has been “out”? Conservative Republicans like Congressman Guinta have refused to raise taxes on the wealthy, and have pushed to replace our guaranteed-benefit Medicare with vouchers (which would lead to over $6,000 per year of individual payments from seniors) and sought to replace Social Security with risky private “investments” on Wall Street. Guinta and the Republicans favor subsidies for home schooling and private schools, not public schools, and also do subsidies for Big Oil but have voted to eliminate Meals on Wheels and cut Medicaid.
What has Carol been for? Carol supported investments in infrastructure such as bridges, roads, rails and power grids plus upgrading old schools. Carol was behind funding to replace the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth. She has worked and voted to strengthen American small businesses and manufacturing.