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LIMITS ON FREEDOMS ARE DISTURBING

There are a lot of problems in America. Everyone is concerned about drugs and street violence. Adding to these problems, we live in a society that wants everything at once. Every problem has to have some magical, quick fix.

If there are offensive lyrics in a song, Morality in Media says, "Ban it!" Get rid of that nasty First Amendment guaranteeing the right of free speech. If there are shootings, columnists like Richard Reeves say, "Ban all guns!" Get rid of the stupid Second Amendment guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms. If drugs are a problem, seize the suspect's possessions. Never mind the Fifth Amendment clause that says no property may be seized without due process of law.

While we're at it, do we really need a trial by jury? What's wrong with cruel and unusual punishment? How much are Americans willing to give up in order to have a safer, less offensive society?

The price of freedom comes high. Just ask anyone who's lost a loved one in war. There are a lot of problems in this country, and they do concern me, but the loss of my freedom concerns me even more. It's ironic that Eastern Europe seems to be heading more and more toward democracy while America, the birthplace of democracy, the beacon of light for the world, seems to be heading in the opposite direction.

CHARLES TINGLEY
Kenmore

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