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January 18, 2013
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On Jan. 12, Kentucky Sheriff Denny Peyman stated that if the federal government passes any gun law that violates the U.S. Constitution or the Constitution of the state of Kentucky, it will not be enforced in his county.

As the sheriff of Jackson County, Ky., his power is predominate over powers of the feds and his state.

"I am responsible for the people inside this county. I am the highest elected official in this county," Peyman said. "I can ask the feds to leave and they have to leave. I can ask state agents to leave and they have to leave. It doesn't matter what new laws Obama passes, the sheriff has more power than the feds."

He then said, "If the federal gun-grabbers don't understand this, then they need to go back and study it, [the Constitution] because Kentucky is a commonwealth."

The founders divided power in the federal government between the executive, the legislative and the judicial so that no one of them could seize all the power of the government.

They further divided the limited power of the federal government against the vast powers of the states. Neither can have control of the other. This was affirmed in 1997 in Printz vs. the U.S. when the supremes struck down the Brady Bill. Sheriff Richard Mack from Arizona and Sheriff Jay Printz of Montana sued the U.S. government over their attempt to enforce the bill in their counties. They won.

The county sheriffs all across this great land are the ultimate authority in their counties. The county sheriff has more power than the governor. He has more power than the president of the U.S. He can literally kick the president and his enforcers out.

What does this mean for the citizens of this county? It means that if they come for your guns, you can request your sheriff to protect you and tell the feds to leave you alone.

Sheriff Peyman is a true patriot first class. Let's hope our sheriff is also.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

When I was a boy, I had some difficult times. I was fortunate to have a family friend who took me under his wing. He listened when I had a problem or needed to confide in someone. He shared his knowledge and his activities. He helped me understand that even in difficult times, there are good people and opportunities. He was my mentor.

In Aspen, we have the Aspen Buddy Program. They provide mentors for kids who need them. But they also do so much more - counseling for the kids and their families, scholarships, referrals to valley resources, etc.

I decided to pass on the gift that had been given to me. I became a big buddy. My little buddy was 6 years old. His family was going through difficult times, just as my family had. He is now 16 and an A student. And he helped me as much as I helped him.

Thanks to the Aspen Buddy Program, I was able to help. You can too. January is National Mentoring Month, and the kick-off to the Buddy Program's 40th anniversary. Contact them and find out how you can help at BuddyProgram.org or 920-2130.

Charlie Hopton

Aspen


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