Today's kids will be enslaved to paying off today's debt

I'm worried about what the future holds for me and my generation. I want our leaders to hear from my generation because we are the ones who will be affected the most by what our government decides today.

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My parents tell me often that I live in the greatest country on Earth. I am thankful to live in a country where I am free to decide my future. America is a wonderful and special place where we can make our dreams come true, a place where anyone can succeed with hard work and determination.

The Declaration of Independence says that "we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Yet I worry that there are some in the government who believe these rights are not granted by our creator but come from the government itself and therefore can be taken away.

Our Founding Fathers also didn't believe it was right for one generation to pass on its debts to the next. They wanted the rising generation to be free. They seemed to believe that passing on debt to future generations would force children to be almost like slaves to the government. And since kids my age can't vote, they called this "taxation without representation."

I'm not an expert on the Constitution, but I know a bad deal when I see one. And I know that taxation without representation was the reason why the original Boston Tea Party happened.

Since I am not yet old enough to vote in November, I ask others to please stand up for me and all the children and grandchildren of this great country and to vote against government tyranny and the overspending which threatens my generation's freedom.

Alli Hall


The writer is a seventh-grader at Holy Rosary School in Duluth. This letter is adapted from a speech she delivered at the April 15 Tea Party in Duluth. She was the event's youngest speaker, she said.

Tea Party proponents use roads, services paid for by taxes

I hope the Tea Partiers enjoyed their visit to Duluth. Came by bus, did they? On roads our taxes paid for. Met at Bayfront park? Paid for by our taxes. Kept safe by our police force? Paid for by our taxes. Were educated in Minnesota schools when we were still No. 1 in the nation? Paid for by our taxes.

Now our governor, who doesn't seem to believe in taxes, is looking for federal money for a special project in our schools. When we take the money, certain conditions are placed on it -- unlike when we pay our state taxes; then we have a say about educational specifics.

Tea Partiers could use their time to volunteer. They could look around at the circumstances in their communities.

When we find the needs of the uneducated, the poor, the sick and the elderly are more than one can handle, we can pay our taxes to make sure all receive benefits.

A wise man once said: "I like taxes, they pay for my democracy."

Edna Blanchard


Tea Party stands against nationalization of America

It would not be surprising if some in the Northland accused the Tea Party movement of being racist, violent, white supremacist, anti-American or other disparaging things. If the far left has a home in the U.S. it is surely in Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota. Was not Northeastern Minnesota home to Gus Hall, the former leader of the U.S. Communist party?

What is disturbing is that people who should know better are so willing to give up individual freedoms to a government that has demonstrated over and over that it is incapable of running itself.

It is even more disturbing that these same people, including most of the media, are willing to adopt an ideology that historically has caused more deaths and human misery than any other form of government known to mankind. President Obama seems to want to nationalize everything for the "common good," just as the regimes did in Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and elsewhere.

Thank goodness for good people standing up for a way of life that has brought a good life for its own citizens as well as the citizens of the world.

The News Tribune's editorial page editor and editorial cartoonist should apologize to the citizens who are part of the Tea Party movement for the April 11 Sunday Opinion page, which was headlined, "Duluth can sip its tea with civility." Those citizens are the ones who will ensure editors have the freedom of the pen in the years to come.

Robert E. Mathias


Tea Party will get louder, larger

In each daily paper, it seems, there is some editorialist cautioning about the Tea Party and that other conservatives are getting too vocal, too strong, etc. These writers don't seem to like it that there is aggressive crowd noise and name-calling.

Where were these liberal types when senators and the liberal media were calling President George W. names? Did they ask for reason and courtesy? I don't think so.

To those who think it is loud now, it will only get louder as people start to see who we really have in Washington. What we need are term limits and, more importantly, to throw all the incumbents out in November, both the good and the bad. We need new blood in Washington that is in touch with people on the street.

Jim Gerdes

Sturgeon Lake