Joseph Ganem says "our personal standard of living depends on the standard of living and well being of all." ("It's all connected," Sept. 25).
Mr. Ganem is an excellent physics teacher, and we should take note of what he says. So many people think they shouldn't listen to the "made-up" stuff scientists say. Who cares about helium? That's for balloons.
I have benefited from teachers, and I am used to smart people taking a long time to say what they mean. Mr. Garnem is a physicist, as was my father, and they actually think about everyone, not just particles.
If we had no helium, we might have no MRI imaging. Physicians would still be examining and diagnosing patients using X-rays, as they did 40 years ago.
So stopping the federal government because legislators are having an outrageous sandbox fight is not going to be all right. All legislators should be for the Affordable Care Act, which helps more citizens get health care and remain productive from age 18 to 65, rather than becoming disabled and having the rest of us paying for their Medicaid or Medicare.
We are not all rich people. We are one big family that gets better when we work together continuously. None of us need to act like we are stuck in the sandbox. Let's talk and work together.
Theodore Houk, Lutherville