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By Tony Alenskis


January 19, 2006

Being raised in the 50's & 60's I was taught a privilege was something I earned and could be taken away or fined for abusing. A right was given to me for being an American.

Sometime in the late 70's & 80's we seemed to have combined privileges with rights. In 2006 your life can be ruined for abusing a so called privilege (operating a motor vehicle). You can lose your freedom, wife and children, job and livelihood, and even your car and other positions for being in your car intoxicated driving or parked, even on private property. You don't need to be driving recklessly or committing any other crime other than being intoxicated in your car, boat, 4-wheeler, snow machine, motorcycle, or even your motor home to be convicted of a FELONY.

We in Alaska and America have laws that punish people who violate our rights. I believe the state of Alaska is exceeding the punishment for a privilege. We have laws that protect our rights if the person who violates them is intoxicated or not.

It is time to stop punishing Alaskans for what they could have done! If you do the crime you should do the time, but how many Alaskans' rights are we willing to violate for VICTIMLESS CRIMES?

Tony Alenskis
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Tony Alenskis has been an Alaskan resident for 30+ years and a resident of Ketchikan for most of them.



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