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Patriot Act destroys rights

To The Daily: The war and the draft are actually secondary to the real changes that need to happen.

A few months ago, the Patriot Act was made permanent. No one even mentions it, as if it were insignificant. The Patriot Act destroys the Bill of Rights, right up to the 14th amendment, yet no one seems to care or be concerned.

This administration has the American people so paranoid, they’ll accept anything for the sake of security.

Unless these issues are addressed immediately, America will be forever changed. This war keeps going on, they’ll start the draft. The government, Democrats and Republicans alike, has no intention of ever leaving Iraq. And yes, of course, it’s for the oil. National security also includes having a steady source of energy.

Armando de Quesada

Give reporters weed eaters, not pens

To The Daily: I agree with Norma McAbee’s Aug. 14 letter to the editor.

I find it silly and amusing The Daily has, on occasion, made Hiding in Plain Sight front-page news. I can only assume this is The Daily’s version of hard-hitting reporting.

The Daily’s report of “weeds in a drainage ditch” was a fine example of award-winning reporting. The Daily sent a photographer to snap the photos, wrote an accompanying article, edited and inserted the report in the paper. I am sure many man-hours were used.

It seems to me The Daily could have sent someone out with a weed eater and corrected this huge problem in five minutes.

Garry D. Cutter

Government continues to take away liberties

To The Daily: When is it time to tell your elected representatives that enough is enough? Do you wait until they take away everything?

It’s amazing. Before they get elected, they are for the people. After they get elected, it goes to their heads, and they become tyrants, thieves and dictators.

Decatur, Athens or Hartselle — it’s all the same. People want to inject their faith-based preferences into politics, but become irate when politics sticks a foot into the door of religion. There is a double-edged sword when it comes to these two sensitive issues.

To smoke or not to smoke, to have legal sales of alcohol or not to have them — these are the questions. It should be left up to the business owners, not a handful of wishy-washy clowns, (i.e., councils and mayors), to decide the issues.

I would ask one important question to the opponents of legal sales of alcohol. How would you feel if the city government told you that you could no longer meet and worship in public? You wouldn’t like it.

To the nonsmokers: Why must you attempt to dictate your preferences on someone else? After all, you chose to visit a smoking-friendly establishment. You weren’t forced to go there. Show me one death certificate that states: “cause of death, second-hand smoke.”

John Adams once said, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” As alcohol and liquor are still legal in these United Sates, I would ask: What is your price for even the smallest of liberties?

These two issues can be debated until eternity, and neither side will be any more persuasive than the other. One person wants his liberties, and another wants to take away those liberties.

Mike Dowdy

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