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Tone down the rhetoric

Our nation's third President Thomas Jefferson once said, "God who gave us life gave us liberty." There is no question that within this simple statement are two of our nation's founding principles -- freedom and the value and respect for life. Most of us truly cherish our freedom because, without it, there is little opportunity to use the abilities and talents that God has given us to succeed in a personal way. And what else could we say about the value of life, as this sets us apart from all the savages, past and present who have ever lived. Life is precious and it is truly a gift from God.

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