Regarding the recent spate of letters accusing Sen. Barack Obama of socialism for supporting subsidized health insurance, my dictionary tells me that socialism is state ownership of industry and land. I must have missed Obama's speech in which he proposed that. In reality, when right-wing radicals in this country scream "socialism," they are in reality opposing the government trying to help people. Here are just a few of the things right-wing radicals have called "socialism": banning child labor, setting the eight-hour work day, creation of Social Security and Medicare.

Paul Sikora