I read the article in the Deseret News: "Let the private sector flourish, Romney says" (Dec. 3). While I have a considerable amount of respect for Mitt Romney, I truly feel that he (and others) tend to overuse generalizations for purported remedies to an ailing economy that is far more complex and intricate than they wish to admit.

America needs to drop the numbers game. We need to create livelihoods for long-term survival and the best way to do that is to create a viable and long-lasting American job for every good and service we use or consume. We must stop the quibbling about "public sector" and "private sector" and address the overall pump that fuels our mutual "economic sector." There are many chores that need doing — at a fair and honorable wage.

James A. Marples

Provo