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Article posted: 12/1/2013 5:00 AM

Our nation wasn't built on handouts

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I am responding to the Nov. 11 letter by James Prescott. Mr. Prescott makes it sound as if he carried auto insurance to protect others. I also carried auto insurance, dating back to 1946. I had bought my first car after I was discharged from the Navy. I did it to protect my own pocket, and I am sure Mr. Prescott was doing the same. He makes it sound as though he was doing it out of the goodness of his heart.

When my first child was born in 1954, I had no medical insurance, but I paid the bills myself like everyone else did.

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Mr. Prescott doesn't mention that people are being lied to, and phased into Obamacare. And he doesn't mention the higher premiums. I guess he thinks this is OK to lie.

After World War II the government started a program for veterans called the 52-20 club. They gave vets $20 a week for 52 weeks. I never took a dime of it, I went to work.

This country was built on freedom and hard work, not giveaway programs. People like President Obama and Mr. Prescott are damaging this country, and I don't like it.

Lawrence Boni

Palatine

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