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True problems much deeper than welfare

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Welfare is not the problem as Lyle Delaney suggests (April 3). There is simply no data to backup such a claim.

If a government giving money to its people was a source of violence, then certainly the most gang-infested nations would be France, England, Australia and Canada. Yet the lack of gang violence in these countries rules out welfare, universal health care and even access to reasonable firearms as reasons for violence. The reason for violence is a lack of wholeness, the feeling of not belonging, and of being outcast.

These issues are emotional and mental and have nothing to do with income or lack of or of religious affiliation or lack of. The true problems of this country are far deeper and far more dangerous: anti-intellectualism, xenophobia and intolerance of dissent. These issues threaten the very foundation of our country.

Chris Asendorf

Bemidji

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