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October 18, 1989, page S13644: The sanctity of the Bill of Rights. These first 10 amendments to the Constitution were ratified on December 15, 1791. In the almost 198 years, since, our Nation has ratified 16 more amendments - and almost every one of those amendments has expanded not contracted - the Bill of Rights.

Now is not the time to change that course. Now is not the time to tamper with laws, precedents, and principles that have stood use in good stead for almost two centuries. Now is not the time for us to do something we have never done before - restrict the democratic ideals our Founding Fathers saw fit to write into the document we use as the foundation for our existence as a nation.

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Warren S. Apel