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Horse poop is also a problem
Editor:
It was curious to read about the problem of dog waste and wonder why there was no mention of horse waste. Shouldn’t “clean up after your animals” apply to horse owners too?
All feces contain bacteria that can contaminate groundwater, but horse feces also contain seeds from weeds that horses eat, thereby spreading weed seeds everywhere they are deposited. No wonder there is a noxious weed problem in Jeffco. And why are horse owners allowed to clean out their trailers in Open Space parking areas? Shouldn’t the “leave no trace” policy apply to everyone?  
One large pile of horse poop is more unsightly than 10 piles of dog poop. And horse poop is always right on the trails where bike riders have to ride  through it. Dog poop is seldom on the trail and, unless flagged, it remains unseen until it biodegrades (yes, all feces biodegrade). If there is no poop fairy for dogs, neither is there one for horses.
Lynda Drewry
Evergreen

Witwer omits historical details

Editor:
In his editorial piece regarding the “right” of free speech afforded to the many through our Bill of Rights, Rob Witwer leaves out a few historical details.
Witwer advances that “simply by virtue of being a person, you have rights.” I would agree only to a point. These guarantees seem to ebb and wane in the changing political landscape. At the time of its drafting, the Bill of Rights was not granted to all “persons” in the United States. Only over time and hard work, including a Civil War, did the Constitution, through changing societal values, include others “persons” (whom God also created) such as slaves and women.
In addition, one of our Founding Fathers who would later become president, John Adams, signed into law a congressional act that prevented free speech. The Alien and Sedition Act of 1798 were a group of laws preventing free speech during our time of war with France. These laws were later determined to be unconstitutional by what would now be described as an “activist” court. There is at least one state I know of that actually still has similar laws on its books. I wonder if its legislators ever took the time to abolish its codified alien and sedition laws. Modern-day laws limiting rights in the name of national “security” have come into question as to whether personal “rights” should come secondary to security issues.
Unfortunately, the Bill of Rights is a politicized document created and modified by those in power. There are instances in the history of the U.S. that evidence the changing application of the Bill of Rights as it is applied to “persons,” depending on the facts at certain periods of time.
Which came first: freedom or government? If one is of religious persuasion, freedom of the human person came first in purest form. However, government made of man dictates the circumstances as to how freedom is determined and distributed. I know which side I am on, but do our political leaders know which side they are on?
Cheryl Redmond Doyle
Littleton