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Seeking real protection

I have a friend who lives in England. We write letters to each other and talk on the phone several times a year. We exchange news of our families, grandchildren, local news and of the flowers that we both enjoy growing in our gardens. The last three letters that I have received from my friend have been opened and read by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I feel violated when I see this. That it could happen in our country is unbelievable to me. In all of my 80-plus years, my only legal transgressions have been two well-deserved traffic tickets. So I have to ask myself why this assault upon my constitutional rights? Perhaps the time spent reading innocent citizen’s private mail could be better spent, by our government, in securing our southern border, currently wide open to any terrorists who choose to enter our country.

Patricia K. Burnard

Grass Valley