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Federal government: Role is simple, spelled out 

Federal government: Role is simple, spelled out 

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Being 71 years old, I can plainly see the priceless, beneficial attributes that our republic has lost. Thanks to recordings of songs from before my time, I can reach back even further.

It’s not too hard to imagine a young couple traveling over endless prairies, then building a home and raising a family while a town slowly grew nearby, supplying commodities that made life better. Usually by the time they got old, they could live well. It’s sad, though, that they had to put up fences. In that regard, the Indians I think were wiser than us. I hate fences, also.

Government’s only role back then, as now, was simple. They were to act as the collective will of the people to enforce our national constitution and punish evil. National and state responsibilities are plainly spelled out in the national and state constitutions. When they overstep constitutional authority, they become criminals subject to punishment.

Charles Aherns, Philipsburg

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