The winter snowstorms are easing up, and spring is just around the corner. It’s been a bad winter for everyone – too much snow and ice.

My roof remains intact. It did not cave in. My 70-year-old husband kept it shoveled off. Had he not been able to do it, we would have hired someone..The roof was a top priority this winter.

Now some insurance companies are going to raise rates for home coverage because many people did not keep their roofs shoveled.

I protest! The insurance companies should only raise the rates for those who did not take care of their property.

That is the same mindset that constantly increases taxes from those who go to work every day to pay for their neighbor’s health insurance, food stamps, free health care, rent rebates, and earned income credit for each child they bring into the world. And I doubt those neighbors shovel the roof. They expect the government to do it. Government agencies take such good care of them every day, and if their roof caves in, they expect the government to fix it at no expense to them.

When are people going to take responsibility for their own welfare?

It is not up to the rest of us to pay for others’ mistakes or contribute to their lifestyle.

Mary Jane Newell, Oxford

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