Re: "Government worsens rich-poor gap" (Viewpoints, Dec. 12): Assemblyman Dan Logue accuses President Barack Obamas policies for reducing opportunities for hardworking Americans by over-regulation, high taxes and the government arbitrarily picking winners and losers among industries. Logue also cites state efforts to regulate air pollution and hazardous waste, saying this hurts farmers he represents in his rural district. He complains about government bailouts and says the free market should determine which entities prosper, not government. To be fair, Logue should mention that the farmers he represents have done pretty well by big government. A $100 billion farm bill is near passage in Congress that will provide American farmers with support, programs and initiatives of all kinds. Government policies also have given us water projects, public universities and extension services. Perhaps a little self-awareness is in order.
-- Dan Rott, Woodland