Letters to the editor from this week's Chronicle:

To the Editor
The current positions on the health care debate being offered by the congress are damaging to the personal liberties granted to us within our founding documents. Language which states citizens can be fined and jailed for not having health insurance is most alarming. Where does the U.S. government, finds these far reaching powers to impose such mandates on the personal choices of it citizenry; and why, are members of congress, not subject to the same laws. They are exempt from any legislation they pass.
What it really boils down to here is a matter of trust and many Americans are less and less trusting of our leaders in government. Our leadership appears to be losing touch with the American people. As the great philosopher and theologian St. Thomas Aquinas stated “Men could not live with one another if there were not mutual confidence that they were being truthful to one another ……as a matter of honor, one man owes it to another to manifest the truth.” 
The founding principles of this great nation were established to stand the test of time and were set forth as a lasting defense of individual liberty. These fundamental principles are based on a Judeo Christian heritage, and have served us well. Our founding fathers understood and placed their hopes and faith in the power of men who deemed themselves being directed by divine providence; and that the government should bear witness to this destiny. It should inspire the wisdom of those who govern human communities with the understanding that we are entitled to the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that these rights are unalienable and are granted to us through providence not men. Our leaders should behave as the protectors of these liberties and understand that although the people grant to government certain consent, it does so with the premise that it never relinquishes the tenants of these founding principles. We as nation, as defenders of these principles, represent the best hope for man on earth.
Thank You,
Jim Chmelik

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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