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Editorial: Where is the Liberty Going?

The Loss of Freedom and the Slide towards Tyranny

By Michael Benoit

What is tyranny?

October 1, 2008 (San Diego's East County) - It is the taking control of your body, mind or property without your consent. Freedom
comes to us naturally and tyranny is a stripping away of that freedom. Our
freedom can be classified into two categories -- the first being personal,
and the second being economic.

These freedoms, of course, are joined, so a loss of one equates to a loss
of the other. I don't believe that there can ever be a consistent
level of freedom from one person to the next. For example, if the politicians
make it mandatory to wear a seatbelt, this is an infringement on our personal
liberty; if we are punished by the state for not wearing the belt, which usually
comes in the form of a fine which diminishes our economic freedom. To the wealthy
the loss of freedom is likely not to be perceived at all.

EDITORIAL - BLUETOOTH BLUES

By Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2008 (San Diego's East County) Legislators
who voted to ban cell phone usage while driving obviously never tried communicating
via a a hands-free device while traversing East County's back roads and
byways, where even normal cell phone service is spotty at best and often non-existent. I'm
certain that if these do-gooders in Sacramento had to conduct their business
in the boonies, they'd repeal the law in a nanosecond.

Vote YES on Proposition 2 - The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act

by Judy Ki
Photo credit: <a title='Farm Sanctuary' href='http://www.farmsanctuary.org/' target='_blank'>Farm Sanctuary</a>On a flight to Washington D.C. recently, I got stuck sitting in the middle
seat in the last row (where the seats do not recline). Upon my arrival, I was
relieved that I can finally get up, stretch, and de-plane. Can you imagine
spending your entire life crammed in that middle seat, living on top of your
own waste?

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