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In response to the letter "Farewell, Connecticut" [Aug. 17], I live in Connecticut by choice.

I live in a state that doesn't try to deny food assistance to those in need. A state that expanded Medicaid to include as many of its citizens as it could. A state that doesn't try to restrict voting rights to a select few. A state with minimum wage increases each of the next three years. A state that doesn't welcome people running around with automatic rifles strapped to their backs whenever they get the urge to play pretend soldier.

A state where there is no talk of seceding from the Union. A state that protects its air and water. A state with superb libraries, museums, hospitals and universities.

If the cost of this kind of civility is to pay higher taxes than some other states, then tax me. If adding 50 cents to the price of a sandwich gives employees a living wage, then charge me. People are fond of saying that the price of freedom isn't free. Well, neither is quality of life, culture or compassion for others.

To those individuals who find none of these things important and think money is all, then leave. We'll try to get along without you.

Paul Sypek, Farmington