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People know where I stand and in what I believe

To the editor:

I woke up crying this morning because I had a dream that I had been arrested and was put into the Douglas County Jail. I was in the same jail in which I had done Bible study for female inmates over a 10-year period.

There had been no Bible study or support for my daughter when she was in jail there.

I am also the 67-year-old woman who drives around town with stickers all over the back of my car. People can know where I stand and what I believe in. So can the police.

I believe in the Constitution of the United States. The Preamble affirms that the U.S. government exists to serve its citizens.

Before 1845, Americans were considered sovereign individuals who governed themselves under common law.

I will finish with the “10 Cannots” by Abraham Lincoln: You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Margaret Duncan Alexandria, MN