2017-06-28 / Letters

Free & independent nation

Dear Editor:

As we approach the July 4th holiday celebrating our founding as a free and independent nation, I mulled over various founding principles, what it means to be a patriot and how privileged we are to live in a country dedicated to human rights.

The Declaration of Independence is, of course, our first founding document but the Constitution is our governing document. The Bill of Rights are the first 10 amendments. Interestingly, there were initially 12 amendments presented but only 10 passed. These, according to the preamble to the Bill of Rights, were initiated because the conventions of a number of states “expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

Clever, these men were. And to think that they were able to be so clever without the involvement of a woman. And so, we celebrate our rights to Freedom of Religion, Speech and the Press; the Right to Bear Arms; the Housing of Soldiers; Protection from unreasonable Search and Seizures; Rights to Life, Liberty and Property; Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases; Rights in Civil Cases’ Excessive Bail, Fines and Punishments; Other Rights Kept by the People; Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and People.

Celebrate on and remember our rights and keep them solid.

Jane Davis

Berkeley Springs

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