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Free enterprise system under serious attack

As an independent Georgia businessman who grew up in Albany and founded my own publishing and public relations business in 1976, I have never believed in discussing politics in a public forum ... until now!

I take great offense in the president's assertion that businesses could not have achieved success without government intervention and support. Really?

I cannot think of one time in 36 years when the government lent assistance to our firm. Trust me, we have paid more than our share of taxes while providing a valuable service to the communities and clients we serve.

Mr. Obama, small business is the backbone of this country. As much as you would like for us to simply "go away," drink your cool-aid or become part of your socialistic society, there are folks out here like myself and my wife who will go down kicking and screaming first! You also used a poor analogy when you said roads and bridges were built to assist businesses. History tells us that many fine roads and bridges were also built by the government in many communist countries and in Nazi Germany. How did that work out for them?

I hope and pray many independents and open-minded voters (regardless of party) will see the light and understand that our American free enterprise system is seriously under attack. If we continue to print money to throw at the astounding debt and giveaway programs, what kind of future will our grandchildren face? Do we really desire socialism where the government no longer adheres to the protected freedoms and values clearly defined in our American Constitution? Do we no longer want to provide for the common defense? Do we really want our country to continue being viewed by the world in a position of weakness?

Sure, our nation has other major issues, but as a business owner, a husband, a father, and grandfather, my most immediate concern is to restore America to its status as the land of hope, opportunity and enterprise ... a true haven for perpetuating the dream of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

CAL DUKE

St. Simons Island