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To the editor:

I will be 77 years old in July. As with many of my generation, I well remember the assassination of JFK in 1963, the events of 1968 including the Vietnam War protests, the murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin L. King Jr. and the tragedy of 911 — all low points in American history. 

This past Wednesday, Jan. 6, we as a nation witnessed another memorable day in the life of our country. For only the second time in history, the United States Capitol was overrun. Not by a foreign power as in 1814, but by our fellow citizens who had little or no regard for or respect of the democratic principles upon which America was founded. 

What we observed on live TV was not what the Founders envisioned in the late 1700s. The orderly transfer of power is outlined in the United States Constitution. Mob rule and storming the seat of our national government is not part of that process. 

The visions of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Adams were set aside when security of the Capitol was breached.

American citizens regardless of party affiliation or political philosophy have the right to express their opinions, but we are a nation of laws and protesting must be done in accordance with laws of peaceful assembly. The United States of America cannot be defined by the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

In 1862, President Lincoln said these words to Congress, “ We shall nobly save or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth…The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just…a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.” Words worth remembering as we face the challenges of 2021 just as they were 159 years ago.

Larry Clark