Letter to the Editor

Voting for freedom

Thursday, November 8, 2012

This election is ultimately about freedom.

We are seeing before our eyes a slow but steady erosion of our freedoms.

Among them:

* The freedom to conduct business or farm without ever-increasing government rules, regulations, fines, fees and taxes including-- but not limited to -- EPA regulations that call carbon dioxide a pollutant, overregulation of the financial industry by the Dodd-Frank Act and the fees, taxes and regulations imposed by Obamacare, most of which we don't even know about yet.

* The freedom to chose one's own health insurance based upon one's own needs and not be subject to Obamacare's dictates, which were finagled through Congress despite the opposition of a majority of Americans.

* The freedom from government edicts that would tell Catholic schools that they must provide abortion services and contraceptives within their employees' insurance packages -- in direct violation of their religious precepts.

* The freedom to eat and drink whatever we want to without taxes on sugar that have been proposed by some or restrictions on the size of soft drinks that has been instituted in New York City.

* The freedom of energy companies to build the Keystone Pipeline to connect oil fields in Canada and the Dakotas with southern refineries, which would reduce our reliance on oil from less-stable parts of the world, lower our energy costs and create thousands of American jobs not only by those firms but also by the supporting industries that will spring up around them.

We are told that these ever-increasing regulations are for our own good, and perhaps some are. But where will all this end?

We, the people -- not politicians or bureaucrats -- must decide what's in our own best interests.

If you want freedom at the county, state and national levels, keep this in mind when you vote on Nov. 6.