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Letter: Howard is a patriot in true sense of word

Howard is a patriot in true sense of word

Those who criticize Sheriff Timothy Howard’s stand on the NY SAFE Act need to read the oath of office for New York State public officials. Briefly stated, they swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the state constitution and to faithfully discharge their duties. Howard has followed that oath to the letter. He should be praised for his character and integrity in doing so, despite being criticized by those public officials who, in the middle of the night and without public debate, bypassed all semblance of the spirit of both constitutions to pass a law that violates both. I applaud Howard for his courageous stand. He is indeed a patriot in the true sense of the word.

Gene Paulucci

South Wales