Regarding Myra Tompkins’ letter of June 26: The Republicans are the party of “I can.” I can make decisions regarding my safety and lifestyle. I can be responsible for the results of those decisions.
Tompkins’ “I can’t” statements have to do with personal liberties. I can’t come home late on trash day because my trash cans will stay by the curb too long. I can’t have a barbecue because the aroma will offend someone in the area. I can’t have a zip line on my private acreage because it is an activity the county supervisors can’t control.
I should be able to make the decision to not wear my seat belt or motorcycle helmet if I choose, put up a zip line for my family and friends’ enjoyment. I am solely responsible for the results of those decisions, and no person or government agency should have the right to make me wear safety equipment or control otherwise lawful activity. No government agency or official should make any decisions, I, as an American citizen, must make to ensure my own safety and course through life. Democrats are the party of “You can’t.”