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The end of freedom

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:The Supreme Court decided last week that police can now stop anyone and demand that they identify themselves and answer questions. The ruling overturns one’s right to remain silent and allows for the prosecution of anyone who refuses to identify themselves to a police officer. Some ordinances actually deem it a felony not to talk, even if the person is not a suspect. This is the end of freedom. It’s a stunning reversal of the Bill of Rights and the hallmark of every police state. The court also ruled yesterday, barring health-care patients from being able to sue HMOs for damages if the managed-care companies refuse to cover treatment ordered by a doctor. The ruling overturns patient rights bills in Texas and nine other states. Does this surprise you?It is becoming increasingly harder to live within in the United States and skirt what is going on here. Everyone is affected. Those anti-freedom forces have strengthened themselves enormously in the last 75 years and are now at every level of government and industry. I’m afraid we need more that a new president to turn things around.Cliff HughesGlenwood Springs


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