Re "For Birman, childhood of poverty demonstrates necessity of freedom" (Page A1, March 4): Candidate Birman's mother grew up in Russia. So did my grandmother. When she got to the United States, she appreciated the fact that government control here means something different than it did there. My grandmother appreciated her Social Security and Medicare, things that were approved long ago by our Congress.
The difference that Birman misses is that here, unlike there, we have a democracy where decisions about things like this, after all the yelling, screaming, and fear mongering, get decided by representatives elected by the people. Not everyone will be pleased all the time, but majority rules, rather than the czar, in my grandmother's day, or in some of today's non-democratic societies.
-- William D. Bandes, Roseville