Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Local government plays role in maintaining freedoms

Current events bring me back to Sept. 11, 2001, and the U.S. post-9/11 response.

Current events bring me back to Sept. 11, 2001, and the U.S. post-9/11 response.

On April 28, 2003, the CBJ Assembly adopted Resolution Serial Number 2201 which, in summary, was critical of The Patriot Act.

At the time I was skeptical of the Assembly resolution.

Now, as I look back, I appreciate the stand our Assembly took in defense of civil liberties and freedoms as afforded by the US Constitution.

While the CBJ Assembly gesture was symbolic, I cannot emphasize enough the role that local government plays with regard to safeguarding its citizens from tyranny of all types.

I invite everyone to read this resolution, which is still online.

In closing I would suggest to local government at all levels that you never underestimate the role you play, and that you never let your role be usurped.

Theresa Ullmayer,

Juneau Resident

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