Letters to the Editor: October 17 – 23, 2013

October 17, 2013 7:38 AM4 comments

 Teen Puzzled by Paralysis Over Health Care Issue


My name is Noor and I am a 15 year old American. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and I’ve always been proud to call America my home. Until now. I still am proud of my country, don’t get me wrong, but I am extremely embarrassed.

How is it possible that the greatest country in the world can’t resolve a health care issue? Why does the government need to shut down because two groups can’t see eye-to-eye? Why do the hard working Americans that go to work every single day just to put food on their tables have to pay the price for the government’s mistakes? Not only is it unfair, it is embarrassing.

How do we look to every other country in the world if we, America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, can’t resolve a simple health care issue? Why must people protest and get injured to get their government’s attention? What about the brave veterans that fought for our country? The fact that our veterans are protesting against the government that they fought for; what does that say about us as a whole? Let alone the fact that people are setting themselves on fire and driving into the White House’s gates.

It’s a shame, to be honest, such a beautiful and strong country falling apart because of health care. Yes, it is important but is it worth ruining people’s trust in their government? What would our Founding Fathers say if they were here today and saw what is happening to their beloved country that they worked so hard to build?

The government has been closed for over two weeks. What is going to happen to all the people that have mortgages and bills to pay if they don’t have an income right now? The main question is this, is it worth ruining our economy and going back into a recession over health care?

Most Americans don’t care about what the Democrats and the Republicans agree on. All we want is to have our government back.

Noor Falah

Falls Church



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  • “All we want is to have our government back.”

    No, thanks. The gov’t was closed for 2.5 weeks, the employees who sat on their asses are getting back pay, and, essentially, nothing happened. If anything, the shutdown and the general ineptitude in Washington (among both the political and civil servant classes) underscores the benefits of limited government, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

    • David — not really fair to characterize regular, everyday feds like this. I agree that our Federal government is inefficient and sometimes ineffective (and that the politicians that make it so deserve some harsh words), but the vast majority of feds are just trying to do an honest job. They’re folks who want to buy their first house, moms and dads who want to send their kids to college, etc. They aren’t lazy and they aren’t out to make the lives of Americans miserable.

  • Sad that this 15 year old has more sense than all of congress combined.

    To the author of this — thanks for submitting. Your thoughts make me feel slightly less dismal about this country’s future.

  • Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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