Speaking of a tempest in a teapot. My obvious mistake was in putting quotes around what I thought I remembered hearing at the tea party party (“What was said,” The Daily Astorian, Sept. 30). I only heard a portion, and didn’t have a pencil, so later wrote what was not a direct quote. As a would-be journalist, I should have known better.

However, the point I was trying to make was that people who do not believe in helpful government being available whenever needed, for whoever needs it, may find it lacking when they or their family really need it.

Unless the speaker, Lew Barnes, has many sons, it would be difficult for him to do without government in general. My great-grandfather, in 1876, settled in Eckley, accessible only by horseback. He would have been a good teapotter, because in 1896, he, some of his nine sons and the neighbors, built a road, possibly 10 miles long, to hook up to the nearest existing road.

Unfortunately, his descendents are split between donkeys and elephants – no teapots.

Regardless of our political differences, I sincerely honor the good works of Mr. Barnes.

Incidentally, my husband    – a U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant, at 21 and in charge of his company because of the incapacitation of the officers  – and many of his comrades were wounded in the Korean Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He is a very independent man and worked until he was 75, but he has never built our own road. Maybe because we have only two sons. Maybe because good government roads have always run by our homes.

PAT GUERIN

Astoria

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