Rally planned to protest government's grip

cal woman is dismayed over the federal and state governments' increasing intervention in U.S. citizens' lives, and she's planned a local protest to occur on tax day.

Ava Ashendorff of Chestertown has organized an event titled "We the People - Tea Party Rally" to be held April 15 on the lawn of the town of Chester Municipal Center.

To be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event is to include discussion groups - addressing topics like government control and taxation, the stimulus plan, health care and other vital national and state issues. Also, signatures for petitions of protest over government control will be gathered, Ashendorff said.

"We have ballooning government spending, causing our taxes to keep rising," she said. "But people here have to work two or three jobs just to make a living."

Government policies, she said, have burdened businesses and citizens alike, yet they are getting ever more restrictive.

She said the event includes a veteran reading portions of the constitution to remind people of what the nation's founding fathers had envisioned for the role of government.

"We are the people and we created the government, but now the government controls us," she said.

Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe said the town had no objections to Ashendorff using government grounds for her protest rally.

"It's a matter of free speech," he said.

To reach Ashendorff in advance, she may be contacted at 494-5784 or by email at: ava.teaparty@gmail.com, she said.

"This is a non partisan gathering of all people who are upset with the direction our government is taking," she said.

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