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On Oct. 28, President Obama blasted New York and New Jersey for their Ebola quarantine protocols, declaring that “America is not defined by fear.” There was a time, before the era of big government, when that statement was undeniably true.

Unfortunately, the federal government has so often resorted to fear mongering as a means of justifying bloated programs and erosion of our liberties that it has created the culture of fear that the president now decries.

The federal government predicted that if we didn’t invade Iraq, weapons of mass destruction would be deployed against American interests. If we didn’t bail out General Motors, the U.S. auto industry would cease to exist. If we didn’t spend trillions in stimulus funds, the economy would collapse.

If we didn’t pass ObamaCare, citizens would die in the streets for lack of health care. If we don’t allow the NSA to read our email, terrorists will succeed in destroying U.S. targets. If we don’t regulate coal-fired power plants out of existence, the oceans will rise and swallow up Miami.

Now, faced with the Ebola epidemic, which is every bit as terrifying to the average American as the bankruptcy of GM, we are reassured that there is no need to panic. Suddenly, fear is no longer in vogue.

I happen to believe the medical experts, that the chance of contracting Ebola in the U.S. is extremely low.

But I find it reprehensible that the federal government can now, after decades of fostering a culture of fear, admonish its citizens and state government officials for being afraid.

John M. Haschak

Richland Township

Cambria County


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