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Needed: A venue for exercising our rights

Dear Editor:After two extremely well attended public meetings on impeachment, the U.S. Bank in Glenwood Springs has refused to allow the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition further use of its public meeting facility due to pressure from customers. U.S. Bank’s decision is disappointing considering they have denied a venue for concerned Americans to exercise our First Amendment rights in defense of our Constitution.President Bush believes the Constitution is “just a g*dd*amned piece of paper.” In fact, it is the very source of American liberty. Read the history of the Bill of Rights. The first 10 amendments were added because “a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added.” The Bill of Rights protects us, the people, against abuse of power by the government.There is no doubt that Bush and Cheney have abused the power of the Executive branch. They have violated the Fourth Amendment by engaging in illegal wiretapping. They have refused to be held accountable to the Judicial branch. By utilizing signing statements and executive privilege they have overridden the authority of the Legislative branch.Impeachment is not about punishing Bush and Cheney, it is about preserving our freedom, maintaining the checks and balances put in place by our founders, and exercising the clauses in the Constitution that provide for the removal of elected officials who have violated their oath to uphold and obey our laws.While we recognize that private businesses have a right to control what happens on their premises, we would hope that U.S. Bank and perhaps other local businesses would support the efforts of patriotic citizens to defend our freedom.Are we approaching an era where Americans are fearful of giving a venue to those brave enough to assemble peaceably and speak freely against the advent of tyranny? If so, America is in worse danger than we thought.Sue GrayCarbondale

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