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Tattoos causing discrimination

Dear Editor,

I have been a local business owner for the last three years in Glenwood Springs. Although some may not consider a tattoo-and-piercing establishment as legitimate, most do, including the IRS. Due to my painted facade and acceptance of creativity, education, and self-expression, my family – husband of 21 years and a doctor, and our two boys, ages 14 and 10 – has experienced discrimination equaling America’s historic violent civil rights violations.

We, my family, have not received equal protection under the law; instead we have had to protect and defend against the law.

The fact remains that we have been threatened, harassed, intimidated, followed and defamed by the Glenwood Springs Police Department.

We are tattooed, we are colored. I encourage everyone to be aware, speak-out, vote with conscience, and fight back. America was built on the ideas of freedom, freedom of speech, the freedom of expression, and pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness, without that what is left: a black-and-white world.

Shelley Fishbein

Glenwood Springs

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