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Dear Editor:

The Electoral College incentivizes presidential candidates to visit less populated areas of our nation, like the Western Slope, during their campaigns. That may change soon.

The Second and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution protect, respectively, your rights to bear arms and to due process. That may change soon.

The Colorado General Assembly, our state's legislative body, is currently debating legislation that challenges these fundamental elements to the American tradition of self-governance. Unfortunately, majority forces -- in both houses and the governor's office -- are prepared to erode certain rights in pursuit of an agenda that is antithetical to the checks on government overreach enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government was created by the delegates. He famously responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

Franklin's brevity promotes the most important aspect of self-governance: you. Yes, you -- the one reading this letter at this very moment. The choice is yours as a citizen: sit idly by or take action.

If you choose the latter, I am here to offer a constructive first step: meet and chat with your state representative, Matt Soper. Soper has graciously agreed to provide insight into pending legislation that directly impacts your personal liberties and -- most importantly -- what you can do as an engaged citizen to effectively fight back. Open to anybody interested in civil conversation, this event is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, from 2-4 p.m. at Needle Rock Brewing.

Please email jstooksberry@gmail.com for more information.

Jay Stooksberry
Chair, Libertarian Party of Delta County

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