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Good laws must apply to all

December 7, 2011
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

A couple of weeks ago, my youngest sister was chosen by Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, to serve on the committee that will decide which states get waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act. After participating in the flurry of family FB postings and emails congratulating her, I had a horrifying epiphany.

The most basic premise of our form of government is that everyone is equal under the law. How then have we come to a point where our government passes laws and then appoints committees to decide who must comply? The NCLB law is not the first to be handled in this manner, and the trend seems to be growing.

The ink was barely dry on Obama's health care law when various groups began getting waivers. For that matter, the very ones passing the laws, members of Congress, exempt themselves from laws under which the rest of us must live. Social Security laws comes to mind. This month we learned that they also are exempt from insider trading laws, the breaking of which results in a prison sentence for anyone else.

I am reminded of the Orwellian concept of everyone is equal, but some are more equal.

This trend must not continue. If a law is a good one, it must apply to everyone. If the law is bad, it must be repealed.

If equality under the law is lost, all may be lost.

Do schools still teach "Animal Farm?" Maybe they should.

Anne Paradis




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