Here are Letters to the Editor for May 16, 2019…
In the last few weeks there has been some misinformation put out about the Stevens County ASSEMBLY. People will place their own definition on things to make a case. First off let me say that people have a right to peaceably ASSEMBLE, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. This is guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution. The Stevens County ASSEMBLY was formed so that likeminded county citizens could meet to discuss their concerns. The average age of the ASSEMBLY participants is about 61 years old, and most are Veterans who honorably served their country. Is it a requirement to have severed in the Armed Forces? Absolutely not. Assemblies like this sometimes touch a nerve in some elected officials. Casting a doubt on the ASSEMBLY to the general public is an answer often provided.
Secondly, the Stevens County ASSEMBLY is in no way a militia. The definition of a militia according to Webster’s dictionary is “In the widest sense, the whole military force of a nation including both those engaged in military service as a business, and those competent and available for such service; specifically, the body of citizens enrolled for military instruction and discipline, but not subject to be called into actual service except in emergencies.” The key here is a well-regulated militia organized by the State.
Citizens of the county need to make themselves more aware of what is really going on in Stevens County. It reminds me of the saying about a turd in the punch bowl. Everyone sees it but no one wants to touch it!