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To the Valley News:

Benjamin Franklin said: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither. And some have reworded the ending to be “... temporary safety will soon have neither. “ A wise observation. True either way.

We need only look at the misnamed Patriot Act which has started us down the slippery slope to police state. It was called the Patriot Act so that people would not complain about the loss of freedom, and the massing of police power at the federal level, for fear of being referred to as “unpatriotic.” Essentially, that title was a shot taken at the First Amendment’s protection of free speech in matters of public affairs. The SAFE Act and others like it in some of the other states continues the downhill slide. “Little strokes, fell great oaks.” - Franklin.

You should do a story on the border crossing of Canadians into the U.S. I think that you will find that Canada’s restrictions, which were the subject of your March 30 editorial, were in response to equally outrageous restrictions and requirements that the U.S. first put in place as a consequence of the so called “Patriot” Act.

By the way, the true patriot is one who questions his government and stands to defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Protest is an American right through the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of grievances. While there will be disagreement among patriots as to the interpretation of the Constitution, those who always sit idly by do not qualify.

Gordon Howard, Keeseville

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