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DON'T FORCE CHANGES ON PEOPLE

To the editor:

Each individual holds inalienable rights bestowed from our creator. We delegate a part of this right to the hands of our government. Therefore, government cannot do anything that an individual won't do to fellow man.If you are walking on the street and pass by a motorist without a seat belt or a helmet, no one would forcibly approach him/her and forcibly put the seat belt or helmet on. Simply because it is not your business. If so, where does this government get the power to do so?

Is it justified for the sake of safety? There is a more valuable principle than safety, which is personal liberty. It may be wise to wear a seat belt or a helmet for the safety. But leave it up to the individual whether to wear it or not.

Likewise, leave it up to the restaurant owner whether to allow smoking or not, leave it up to the individual whether to gamble or not, leave it up to the individual whether to be charitable or not. Don't force us one way or the other by law. It is not government's business to enforce it.

Shu Yamamoto

Sandy