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Quality of life

Published: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

McHenry County government is looking for “feedback” from residents on ways in which government should (and will) be expanded via a survey titled “Working together for a Healthier McHenry County,” which is available at

What a noble cause. Somehow, the providers of the survey (funded by tax dollars) feel they know what increases my “quality of life.” Higher taxes for public transportation, parks, bike/walking paths, farmers’ markets, ground water supply, water conservation education, college education, jobs training, free food projects and, of course the behemoth and largest part of the survey: health/mental/dental care services.

These are all ways in which government has expanded over the decades, not ways in which my “quality of life” has increased.

Do you know what makes my life better? Being close and sharing life’s moments with my brothers and sisters, mom and dad; the happiness I get from personally donating food to the pantry, baking cookies for a local private school fundraiser, when the kids I teach in 4-H learn a new skill, the camaraderie when my fellow Libertarians take on political policy or government entity. That’s what makes my life joyful.

Absent from the survey was the option to express that decreasing taxes, laws and regulations would improve my life. I would have more money to give to charity and spend on volunteerism, the choices I make to improve my life will always be superior to government intervention.

Government needs to realize it is the individual who determines their own “quality of life.”

Kelly Liebmann

Wonder Lake

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