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Protesting is fine, rioting and looting is not

To the editor:

Some years ago, I was involved in the local tea party protests. The first one took place in the vacant lot below Water Street in Lewistown, where they would sometimes have a carnival. We carried signs, listened to speeches and verbally expressed our grievances.

When we were finished, we peacefully left and went home and left the area cleaner than it was when we got there. We did not want any complaints about our conduct to distract from the points we were trying to get across.

There was another demonstration I attended on Juniata Street in Lewistown. We did not block traffic, and we did not vandalize any property. We had signs in support of the Second Amendment and free speech. We encouraged people passing by to show support by honking their horns and many did.

These tea party demonstrations were nationwide and for a good while. All were peaceful. All were held for a few hours and then ended and the demonstrators went home. There was never any property damage and wherever a demonstration or a meeting was held, the area was always cleaned up and left in a better condition than it was before.

These were protests and demonstrations. What is happening with Black Lives Matter and Antifa are not protests or demonstrations. they are violence. They are destructive. They are looters. They are arsonists. They are actually communist-inspired and anti-American organizations. They are run by people who simply hate this country and want to destroy it.

I am all for people being equal. As a Christian, I believe we are all God’s children. We are all brothers and sisters. We are all part of the same race — the “human race.”

But I am also a proud American and I love this country and what it stands for. And for those who think that communism is the way to go, there are a host of communist countries out there. Please pick one, pack up your bags and move to one of your choice. There are planes leaving every day.

Just remember, I don’t know any communist country where people are free and have the right to pursue their happiness.

Stephen Sellers

Lewistown

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