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Right to assemble abused in Vail Village

Michael Cacioppo
Vail, CO, Colorado

The town of Vail’s unconstitutional discrimination against young adults on New Year’s Eve and on the Fourth of July, when the town is hypocritically supporting “Independence Day,” continues yet again. This is a twice-annual, ongoing discriminatory event that continues the exposure of the Vail Police State, although, thankfully, not all Vail Police officers subscribe to this attitude.

The young adults are old enough to die for freedom in Iraq but can’t enjoy the same freedoms in their own country that those over the age of 21 enjoy, by stepping foot in Vail Village at certain times on those days.

Denying young adults their basic constitutional freedoms under the illusion of “public safety” is sick!

For the illiterates at the town who approve of this discrimination, the First Amendment says that no law may be made to abridge the “right of the people peaceably to assemble.” If any 18- to 21-year-old is not “assembling peaceably,” then arrest them,

just like you would arrest anyone over age 21 who is not “assembling peaceably.” Please do not discriminate against those 18- to 21-year-olds who are “assembling peaceably!”

Vail’s actions are unconstitutional and disgusting! As a young adult, while serving this country in the Army before I served this country in the Navy, I know first-hand what it is like to be discriminated against. It hurt then, and it still hurts now.

I can only hope that those officials who approve of this ongoing discrimination will learn how hurtful illegal discrimination is!

Michael Cacioppo


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