As the chief law enforcement officer in McPherson County Sheriff Larry Powell was required to take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Having taken that oath, I would like to know if Powell will honor his oath by refusing to enforce federal rules, regulations and directives that violate the Constitution and/or Bill of Rights.

The Second Amendment clearly proclaims the people have a right to own guns and, in the Bill of Rights, the government is prohibited from infringing on the right of the people to own guns if they choose to do so. Powell’s primary job is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the rights of the people who live in McPherson County.

The Supreme Court has ruled the federal government has no lawful jurisdiction in counties and, when a sheriff chooses to enforce an unconstitutional directive, he is violating his Constitutional oath.

The people of McPherson County are the employers, and Powell is the employee. We expect him to represent us and not the federal government. As Powell’s employer, I would like to know if Powell is given an order that violates the Constitution, if he will honor his oath or will he do as directed by the President of the United States.

— Jeramie J. Schmidt, McPherson

Huelskamp man of integrity

Please let me express my approval and support for 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp for his strong stand on principles. When campaigning for Congress, Tim promised to represent his constituents in the First District, not go to Washington to be a part of some club!

But for keeping his promise to his constituents, Tim has been tarred and feathered almost on a daily basis by most of the state’s newspapers. It seems that for doing what he was elected to do, Tim Huelskamp is being called anything but what he really is — the representative for the people in this congressional district. More than 200 years ago, there were a few good men who did exactly the same thing. We now refer to them as our founding fathers!

Thank you Congressman Huelskamp, for being brave enough to take a stand for liberty! — Michael Cox, McPherson