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February 4, 2013
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Letter: ‘Consent of the governed;’ what does it mean?

Sheriff’s position

The sheriff’s recent high-profile communication has confused me on several levels. First, I am now confused as to what laws are being enforced in Douglas County. Are the posted speed limits in effect? Is littering still a finable offense? Perhaps the good sheriff would be so kind as to post an online menu of all the laws that are to be enforced and those he will choose to ignore.

Also, his comments about constitutionality confuse me. I learned in high school civics class long, long ago, that the courts of this nation are the authorized bodies who interpret the laws and the constitution. Has that changed?

We used to say America is a nation of laws. Are we now a nation of people free to interpret those laws as we see fit and also free to follow only those laws we agree to? I don’t think that’s what the “consent of the governed” is supposed to mean.

Del McAmis

Roseburg


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