- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thank God we have people like Sen. Rand Paul (Commentary, “Liberty versus power,” June 14) and many organizations that fight for our precious freedoms.

I am an 80-year-old grandmother who lived through World War II and the communist occupation of half of Europe. The first order of the occupiers was to turn in all of our guns. Then came the confiscation of private lands and creation of collective farms. All phone calls were monitored and microphones placed every place, even in the benches at public parks. Letters to foreign countries had to be mailed unsealed. When these reached the final addressee, half of the content was blacked out with a marker. Neighbors were urged to spy on neighbors, and family members on family members. Every child from first grade on had a diary, where the teachers would write anything damaging said against the government. If you were lucky enough to have a clean diary, then maybe you were able to go to college.

I pray to God that this wonderful, free country is not heading in that direction.

CARMEN M. TAHT

Bowie

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