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Contractors at heart of government failures [Letter]

The important word in today's article by Michael Dresser regarding the criticism of those involved in Maryland's health care insurance exchange is "contractors" ("O'Malley and Brown hammered on website," Dec. 9).

In the zeal to privatize all things run in government in recent years from federal level to the town hall, "contractors" have been hired to do the work. Government employees, again from the local to the highest level, have been demonized to the point that their use is almost non-existent.

But if you look at the massive problems the country is encountering from the Iraq War to the Affordable Care Act to Edward Snowden, private contractors keep popping up.

Maybe its time to examine this obsessive need — fostered by our "capitalist conservative" friends — to run the country as a business. Governments are not the problem, it seems to me. Let's look very hard at giving the country over to private sector contractors.

Randall Miller, Ocean View, Del.

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