Letter: An open letter to Walker and BOS

I have watched with interest the drama being played out between yourselves and many of those whose tax dollars pay your salaries. I am a 77-year-old patriot who has loved our country and her freedoms since I was old enough to recognize Old Glory. Most of the passing years portrayed our unending struggle for that oft-elusive cry of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

It grieves me to say, I am ashamed of you. I have witnessed arrogance, intimidation, (or the attempt thereof) demagoguery, and the attempt to silence the voices of patriotic protest. Most, if not all, of you likely learned your history lessons from books. I was there when the Nazi regime rose to power. Their first step toward the goal of world domination? Intimidation - the silencing of the people - beginning with spurious threats, confiscation of weapons and "new rules." I am appalled by your actions, Mr. Walker. Even more egregious is the support of those actions by the people who hired you.

I have had the privilege of being a friend of Luca Zanna for five years. He is the most patriotic and law-abiding citizen I have ever met. He respects the law, and any acts of protest or demonstration on his part are always peaceful. He worked very hard for seven years to obtain that which is priceless to him, his citizenship. All most of us had to do was be born here. Along with that hard-earned citizenship came what he believes to be our responsibility as good citizens - the dynamic support of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States - in its entirety; especially those freedoms essential to the future of our country: the 1st, 2nd, and 14th Amendments.

Mr. Walker states that people and county employees feared for their safety during said demonstration. Not true in my observation. The only angry words I heard were voiced by you, sir. My mother used to caution me against speaking words I might regret with this quote:

"Boys flying kites haul in their white-winged birds. But you can't do that when you're flying words. Thoughts unexpressed may sometimes fall back dead. But God Himself can't kill them when they're said."

The same applies to signs and edicts, I would think.

Peggy Cone

Golden Valley