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By From page A5 | January 05, 2015

EDITOR:

This Memorial Day for whatever reason was brought to mind the sacrifices that young men have made in the name of freedom. Have you have taken time to reflect on the history of this country and the sacrifices that were made just to get a constitution dedicated to a country and its inhabitants that wanted freedom?

We don’t even teach our children anymore about the Constitution and the people who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Look what’s happening today. We don’t even treat our veterans in the manner they were promised. I’m sure those of us who are outraged have found it within ourselves to donate money to organizations like Wounded Warrior or DAV or other veterans assistance programs. We have to donate out of our own pockets because the government cannot or will not do the job as promised.

Take time to look around you and realize that in this country the majority doesn’t rule, the politicians and the courts are eating away our freedoms a little at a time. They just gave two million acres to the red- and yellow-legged frog. This is a classic example of the small organization using courts to subvert our rights to use the land that we pay taxes on. In these cases there needs to be a balance for the people.

School children are being sent home because they held their fingers up to represent a gun. Another child was sent home because he ate his Pop Tart in the shape of a gun. Three boys were expelled from school for shooting a paintball gun at a target in their own backyard. How’s that for freedom?

This zero tolerance in our schools is teaching our children that they don’t have rights now or when they grow up. My grandchildren are being homeschooled because in the second grade part of the curriculum involves teaching them alternative lifestyles. How’s that for freedom?

I’ve read how great the new superintendent of schools is. It would appear that he supports these types of curriculums. My stepson’s religious beliefs are being trampled. What happened to his right of freedom of religion? We have supervisors that don’t appear to have the intestinal fortitude that it takes to say “No” when their constituents are trying to protect their rights to live in a rural community and these same supervisors take land without paying for it.

Yet we vote in these kind of people time and time again from the local level, to the state and the national level. Look at the explosion of registered independent voters today. They are not voting party lines. They are voting their rights and freedoms.

HERB AND GAIL STONE
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