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TO THE EDITOR

The newspaper welcomes brief letters (generally no longer than 400 words) that express an opinion on a currently newsworthy topic. The writer’s contact information must be included for verification. Letters that contain defamatory comments, open letters, third-party letters, letters sent to more than one publication, and letters that would more appropriately be advertisements, including Cards of Thanks, are unlikely to be published. One letter generally is allowed per writer per calendar month.

Give me liberty

To the editor:

Governors are saying to us that they are not going to obey the Constitution. There are explicit rights under the Constitution, and governors are taking them away. They believe they can get away with this as long as the people accept the illusion of safety rather than the liberty which this country has fought for, and many have died for.

Now, this liberty has been taken away because many politicians believe they know what is better for us than we do. They are not interested in the Bill of Rights.

The constitutional guarantees of free speech, free press, right to assemble, and right to worship are only as good as the people we have elected to keep those guarantees. Governors don’t write laws, only legislatures do. Many governors in the U.S. have written new laws without the authority to do so. The governors have public sentiment behind them because they have scared the daylights out of the public and very few are willing to stand up and say, “Enough!”

Perhaps we should change our history books to read: Give me liberty or give me death, unless there’s a virus with 99% recovery rate, in which case, strip me of my freedoms, my job, my constitutional rights, and put me under house arrest. 

Larry Ensey, Marion

Last modified May 7, 2020

 

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