In response to Beck Orians' letter of April 8, in which she claims "we all know the federal government ruins whatever it gets involved in," I would offer the following, in no particular order:
Rural Electrification Administration, World War II, Interstate Highway System, national parks, Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, food inspection, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., G.I. Bill, National Weather Service, Marshall Plan, Works Progress Administration, TVA and various water projects (without which water there could be little civilization in many of the bastions of conservatism in the American West).
Just a quick sample. Google if necessary.
Communism, Beck? Really?