by Tim Condon 10/09/03
Letter to the editor Your editorial about the Free State Project is factually incorrect. But when can we expect from a newspaper for a "company town." After all, what is state government really other than a kind of "monopoly business?"
The Free State Project seeks to offer alternatives to failed or failing government programs, and you accuse us of being disconnected from reality. Yet facts are facts. For instance, Social Security is a demographic time bomb getting ready to happen and is expected to collapse as the baby boomers are retiring unless changes are made. You should read the many newspapers that do have debates among politicians and policy analysts over what to do. The public schools? We don't seek to abolish them, but we do seek to abolish their monopoly, introducing real choice and options. It's easy to see why people with forced monopoly funding would be scared. But competition is good for everyone, especially those trapped in poorly performing public schools. Your arguments which mischaracterize our positions don't hold much water. In the meantime, your immensely popular Gov. Benson is smart enough to see that many of our proposals will be welcomed and embraced by the citizens of New Hampshire. As to the others? Let's have a healthy debate! Instead of straw men set up in ill-informed editorials. TIM CONDON Tampa, Fla.
(The writer is the membership services director for the Free State Project.)
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