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RIGHTS MEAN NOTHING WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY

Dec. 10 marked the 42nd anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. We in the U.S. have a keen sense of rights.

I question, however, why responsibility is never emphasized. How can anyone have rights without taking responsibility? How can we maintain the right to vote, for instance, when only 36 percent of the eligible voters in the last election did so?

How can everyone have the right to food, clothing, shelter, health care and education (Articles 25 and 26, Declaration of Human Rights) unless everyone is willing to take responsibility for investing in these essentials?

DENNIS J. GALUCKI
Buffalo

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