Re "Shutdown shows dependency" (Letters, Oct. 16): The letter is a consummate example of the sophistry employed by anti-government "thinkers." Martin. D. Owens decries our dependence on the federal government for everything from national park vacations to loans, licenses and inspections. I'm sure that given his disdain for government services, he avoids traveling on interstate highways, listening to the radio, enjoying products brought to market through sea and airports and delivered on railways, entering into enforceable contracts, hearing weather forecasts, and breathing air and drinking water free of pollution.
Yes, we all depend to one degree or another on the federal government for these things, and many more.
-- Jack Peterson, Roseville