I am puzzled as to why Scott Leckman (Readers' Forum, Oct. 17) finds the SCHIP veto "incomprehensible." Although my family qualifies for SCHIP, we choose not to take advantage of it. Sure we could save a lot of money and let all of you pay for our responsibility, but we don't because we believe that liberty and honesty are more important. As with all other federally funded welfare programs, SCHIP is both unconstitutional and immoral. Would it be OK for me to go to my neighbor's house and demand that he pay for my child's medical bills? And if he said "no," could I have him arrested? This is exactly how SCHIP operates. We're just having the government do the dirty work for us.

Eric Brinton

Salt Lake City