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Letter: Wisconsin protests are free assembly

A recent letter to the editor equated the recent and ongoing demonstrations staged in Wisconsin to "mob mentality."

The author seems to suggest that citizens' declarations of dissatisfaction should be limited to corresponding with our elected representatives. America was founded on a number of unwavering principles contained within the Constitution that have survived the test of time for well over 200 years.

One of the privileges that this great Nation enjoys is the right of peaceful expression which is coveted by societies around the world. Freedom of speech includes the entitlement of assembly as well as the ability to passionately exhibit either opposition or support for a chosen conviction.

This very forum serves as an example of what countless others, some who reside less than a hundred miles outside of United States borders, shed blood to attain.

We are indeed fortunate to live in such a country where the vast majority value and encourage diverse opinions instead of attempting to stifle them from public examination.

Local, state and nationally elected leaders have a duty and responsibility to represent the prevailing views of their constituents. Time and the next ballot box will tell if Scott Walker is recognized via an obscure footnote in the pages of history as a one term disappointment or prominently acknowledged as a Governor with strength and vision.

Based on what I have seen so far, my money is on the former.

Craig Boehne