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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

What we need

EDITOR: We need a representative in Congress who will reject cuts to Social Security and Medicare. We need a representative who will instead vote to end funding for America's devastating, chaos-creating wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and, now, Syria. Unfortunately, we don't yet have such a representative.

PHIL BALDWIN

Ukiah

Militia Acts

EDITOR: If you want to know what the Founding Fathers thought of Second Amendment remedies, look at the Militia Acts of 1792 and 1795. In Section 1, the acts authorized calling out the militia if the country was being invaded or under imminent threat of invasion by foreign nations or Indian tribes. Section 2 says the president can call out the militia "whenever the laws of the United States shall be opposed or the execution thereof obstructed, in any state, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the powers vested in the marshals." Nowhere is there mention of calling out the militia to overthrow a tyrannical government.

The reason is clear. The Founding Fathers went to great effort to craft a system of distributed power and checks and balances that they hoped would obviate the need for another revolution. Not trusting a standing army, they needed a broad-based citizen militia to, among other things, protect the government from armed factions taking it upon themselves to usurp the powers of government.

CARL H. INGLIN

Santa Rosa

President's choice


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