Tahlequah Daily Press

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April 21, 2014

Column was heavy-handed

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

Certainly we are free to rail against government policies, but to portray government employees as “federal jack-booted thugs” is heavy-handed. This was said in From Our Town by the publisher of the not-so-Daily Press on April 16.

If a person has been using land for personal enrichment, and has stopped paying required fees, then I am one citizen who wants our money collected. Cattlemen in Cherokee County own and pay taxes on land, and it’s an insult that a rancher elsewhere fattens his cattle on government land for low fees, and then for decades reneges on paying fees.

Just because self-appointed armed insurrectionists gathered to oppose government agents who were sent to collect legal fees (or property in lieu of fees) doesn’t mean most Americans support armed insurrection. Personally, I advocate for higher grazing fees on federal land, or preferably no grazing at all on such land.

The unrelated issue of the Social Security Administration holding “children” responsible for parents’ debts was included in the publisher’s piece without adequate information (being a complex issue, the part I am concerned about is heirs who banked deceased parents’ checks for extended periods of time, and I certainly want federal officers to collect from those cheating people).

In America, when we want political change, we go to the polls, not reach for our guns. Yes, it requires patience, something fast-paced American life seems to no longer encourage. What has happened to patriotism and allegiance in today’s United States?

I don’t fear federal employees as much as I fear those who support violently wresting authority from our seats of government.

Karen Coody Cooper

Tahlequah

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