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Don’t curtail liberty

May 9, 2013 Letters to the Editor

The fact that some individuals misuse their liberty — to their own detriment — does not justify curtailing the rest of the citizenry’s liberty, contrary to the Butler Eagle’s May 7 editorial opposing Internet gambling.

What the editorial is advocating is a paternalistic state in which individuals’ sovereignty is curtailed by an expansive government that purportedly promotes virtue and prohibits vice — a thorough perversion of the actual function of the government of a republic founded on the principle of individual rights.

To find a government more to the liking of the editorial, one need only recall the Vice and Virtue Ministry of Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

Don’t curtail liberty

Amesh A. Adalja, M.D. Penn Township

The fact that some individuals misuse their liberty — to their own detriment — does not justify curtailing the rest of the citizenry’s liberty, contrary to the Butler Eagle’s May 7 editorial opposing Internet gambling.

What the editorial is advocating is a paternalistic state in which individuals’ sovereignty is curtailed by an expansive government that purportedly promotes virtue and prohibits vice — a thorough perversion of the actual function of the government of a republic founded on the principle of individual rights.

To find a government more to the liking of the editorial, one need only recall the Vice and Virtue Ministry of Afghanistan under Taliban rule.