I have enjoyed reading the comic strip Ziggy the past few days. The strip recently showed Ziggy with the birds that he has been feeding in a park. One cartoon showed him sick in bed and the birds in his room telling him that he should have sent a substitute to feed them, and another one of the birds said that they had found better popcorn in a dumpster.

With all of the entitlement programs, we have become like those birds. We expect the government to take care of us. Many of us have lost any desire to improve ourselves. We want the government to be our parents and take care of us. America must change its thinking on dependence, and people should take charge of their own lives.

David West

South Jordan