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Hold the government accountable

Dear Editor:

With alarming frequency these days, reading a newspaper requires Americans to brace themselves for the latest cold, hard slap in the face delivered by “leaders” whose agendas are increasingly at odds with truth, morality, our Constitution, and the will of the people.

The latest example of this, of course, is the $700 billion bailout of financial institutions now being considered. Check into it, and you’ll quickly see that it is an ugly, un-American monstrosity that must not be allowed to happen. It is an absolute betrayal of us all, with potentially disastrous consequences. I urge everyone to learn about it and respond to our “leaders” before it is passed.

Our founding fathers clearly intended that our government should fear the people, not the other way around, which is the way it has become. If you don’t fear our government and what it may do, you ain’t paying attention.

I believe that this and all newspapers have a moral duty and a solemn civic responsibility to print, in every issue, complete contact information for all of our elected federal, state, and local officials: e-mails, snail mails, phone and fax numbers. We Americans are so very blessed, and we have so much to lose if we don’t take control.

There comes a time when patriots must defend themselves from their own government.

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I believe that time is overdue.

I hope everyone will contact our leaders about this bailout travesty and any other issue you care about. It’s all about control. If we don’t use it, we’ll lose it, and we’ll never get it back.

Neil T. Jung

Basalt

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