LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Take time to read Constitution

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Sept. 17 through 23 commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. On Sept. 17, 1789, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention met for the last time and signed four hand- written pages that began with the words we should have memorized at some time: "We the People of the United States …"

What began as a response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation ended with the Constitution of the United States of America, providing for the protection of our rights and liberties as citizens of the United States.

Not just some citizens, but all citizens of the U.S. And, as citizens of the United States it is our responsibility to be aware of and understand our rights and freedoms as documented in the Constitution. Only when we begin to understand this, the oldest constitution still in active use in the world today, do we begin to appreciate the need to guard and defend it.

Only then oo we each begin to be able to live by its tenets.

When was the last time you read, really read, the U.S. Constitution?

Perhaps you are one of the many Americans who haven't had the opportunity to read and study the Constitution. On this the 224th anniversary of the signing, take the time to study our Constitution, get to know your rights, to know what this great document says, and to take note of what it does not say (that's right, does not!).

In other words, take the time to become an informed citizen of these United States of America.

Chris Crowder

College Place

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