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Concerning your column: For years, I have argued in my weekly column that government in the United States is backwards.

It is almost impossible for a citizen to oblige governments in places like Salem or D.C. to control itself but locally we should have a better chance at it.

As James Madison once wrote in Federalist No. 51;

......If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself....

Joe Wilson

Gold Beach

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