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Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

After hearing the media once again denigrate the tea party, I decided to do some research. Here is a short version of my findings:

The name is derived from the Boston Tea Party of 1773, in which American patriots defied the most powerful military on Earth. The modern-day tea party started over a decade ago and calls awareness to any issue that challenges the security, sovereignty or domestic tranquility of the United States.

The tea party has no centralized hierarchy and agendas and goals vary among groups.

Some of its primary, common beliefs for our country are:

• fiscal responsibility

• abiding by the U.S. Constitution

• a strong military

• eliminating excessive taxes, and

• limited government

If our country had kept its focus on these priorities, we would be much better off today.

David Kristof

Lower Burrell

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