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A traitor is a traitor

| Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

The spring air must be must be interfering with Mr. Bergoich (“The pot & the kettle,” VND, April 3) because he skewed my statements again. When I say organizations like OSHA and the EPA help people, this doesn't make me a statist.

I'm flattered that he compared me to some prominent government people, especially Sen. McCain. I do not share all of their political views but I do believe in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Mr. Snowden is far from being a patriot. Webster defines a traitor as a person guilty of treason or treachery, betraying friends, country, a cause or trust. He did this without a doubt and he was well aware of his security responsibilities and chose poorly.

Now, he ranks with Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen. Your beloved Comrade Putin would have terminated him long ago. Even your own statements, if made 200 years ago, could be treasonous and, undoubtably, you would have made Sen. McCarthy's list.

I find it strange that in January and February you were pro-Russia. Now, in March, you are pro-U.S.A. I suggested twice that you move to Russia but now your answer is you like it here because everything is free and, if you go to Russia, you might have to go to work. I would like to think that statement was sarcasm but, if not, it is an insult to battered women, the less fortunate, the sick and the elderly.

If you indeed believe “It's me if it's free,” then that's an insult to every man and women trying to scratch out an honest living. I am glad that we have the freedom to live where we choose because that means we will never be neighbors!

Jack Juris

Sarver

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