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Letters to the Editor

Losing liberty

To the Editor:

The people of the U.S. are rushing to have their liberties taken away for the sake of security.

Government tells people where they can smoke. If you live in New York City, it’s against the law to smoke nearly every where.

You must wear a seat belt.

You don’t have a right to drive from Point A to Point B without being stopped by a roadblock, where police check you, your passengers and your car for violations.

You are ticketed when a camera takes a picture of your car making an illegal turn, even if it’s 2 a.m. and the road is empty.

Your property can be confiscated for an alleged crime.

Now we have Homeland Security. They can do just about anything they want, and they did June 13 in cooperation with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. Four alleged drug dealers were arrested and their property confiscated. Why are they a security risk? Why is the federal government involved in a local, minor drug bust?

Then there’s the Patriot Act. Get on the Internet and read it. It allows the government to take away all our liberties.

The list of infringements upon our liberty goes on and on and on. We the people are allowing this for the sake of security.

Ben Franklin said, “Those who sacrifice Liberty for security deserve neither.” I believe that.

Eric P. Adamshick

Woodstock

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