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IN HANDS OF THE PEOPLE

IN HANDS OF THE PEOPLE

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To the editor:

I'd like to address the recent actions of our city and county government councils when they covertly changed the wording on the city personnel policy to exclude the ``sexual orientation' clause they supported only two months prior, and refused to help financially support the civil rights ``sit-in' commemoration activities, which will have meaning for every citizen who believes in equality and brotherhood.As difficult as it is to be represented by a small group of people in the government who do not take the best interests of their constituents to heart, I am comforted in knowing that their political careers are in the hands of the people and in the hope that they will find wisdom in the following words by Thomas Jefferson:

``I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change; with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regime of their barbarous ancestors.'

Annie K. Johnson Greensboro

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