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In response to County Commissioner Arne Mortensen’s “no” vote to providing food for seniors in need through government assistance (The Daily News, March 28), I would like to point out that the Declaration of Independence says that we are all endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life depends upon food. We all have to eat to live. The Declaration continues, “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted." So governments are charged with protecting our right to life, including getting enough food. If it’s a concern about prioritizing limited resources, why would a commissioner put other rights, such as property rights, ahead of the right to life?

Joel Rupley

Longview