Re “An open letter to the candidates for governor” (Speak Out, Aug. 12):

The Anniston Star published a letter listing 14 problems the author expects governors to solve.

Under our Constitution, Alabamians enjoy “a republican form of government” created by once free and sovereign individuals who retain unalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. As such, government is not obligated to provide for every conceivable benefit a person might need, much less desire.

Out of 14 complaints, the author lists health care seven times, poverty three times, and business, education, living conditions and obesity once each.

The Supreme Court says government is not obligated to protect individuals against criminals; self-defense is a personal responsibility. Following that line of reasoning, government is not obligated to protect individuals against illnesses, poverty, etc., including obesity.

Those things are promised by socialists who would remove all unalienable rights making citizens chattel of an omnipotent state that enforces “he who does not work, neither shall he eat.” Perhaps the author would find Utopia in a socialist country.

Joe Boyett