Dear Editor:

A couple of weeks back, a letter appeared in The SUN, which brought out that old worn out assumption that if what we commonly claim as a right does not appear literally in the U.S. Constitution, it is not a right. I refer specifically to the right to privacy, but there are many more.

The main body of the Constitution describes and defines the duties and procedures for the federal government. In Article 1 we read “ — powers herein granted.” Who granted these limited powers (and they are limited) to the federal government? Answer: We The People of the United States.

The Bill of Rights, added to the Constitution as the first 10 amendments I believe were to emphasize basic rights, but we read in the 9th amendment, “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

So, We The People have rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution.

We do not need to be told what is or is not in the Constitution. We can and should read it for ourselves.

Then we will not be as easily misled.

Clive Lamprell

Golden, Colo.

This story was posted on July 11, 2013.