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Letter from Norman R. Malmberg, Captain, US Navy (Ret.) to John Bowman, Siskiyou Daily News editor, and Mr. Dowse, publisher, asking Bowman to apologize to Sheriff Lopey for Bowman's Sheriff Jon Lopey article
KBC Editor: Siskiyou Sheriff Lopey is a Christian, an American citizen, and a sheriff who believes in his oath of upholding the United States Constitution
Mr. Bowman (editor) & Mr. Dowse (publisher Siskiyou Daily News),
With respect to your article in the Siskiyou Daily News parroting the Huffington Post & condemning Sheriff John Lopey by your accusations that he is above the law, you show your own ignorance. I do not subscribe to your paper & have not for several years for such shallow reporting. But I have been aware before of the ignorance of some citizens who think that they know the law.
Sheriff Lopey & I both took the same oath of office. It was 56 years ago that I held up my right hand and repeated the words ("I swear") to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, both foreign and domestic,, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same, so help me God. Do you understand those words, "both foreign and domestic"? Yes, that means enemies, both here and abroad, who would undermine our ideals & distort our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
And even though I retired from the U. S. Navy 22 years ago after 34 years service, as a Captain, USN (Ret.) (my permanent rank equivalent to Sheriff Lopey's rank as a Colonel, USAR), I consider that i am still subject to that oath of office, as he is. And, as a public servant, I have never, in 56 years, forgotten whom I serve & to whom I answer (the people).
You will notice that the oath is to the Constitution of the United States of America, "the Supreme Law of the Land", not to the Constitution of the State of California or the County of Siskiyou. And Sheriff Lopey has likewise again resworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, to be subject to the Constitution, not to be above the law. And it is his duty to ensure that our rights guaranteed by the Supreme Law of the Land are protected from encroachment by anyone with ulterior motives, be they private, State or Federal agents. And as our senior law enforcement officer in Siskiyou County, that is what he doing. He is exercising leadership to focus attention together with other North State sheriffs on their duties subject to the Constitution. And I see it as a refreshing change in attitudes from others.
If you have accused him of being above the law, then you obviously do not understand the law or know what you are saying. And i suggest that you get it straight before you put it in print. Now when you have served your Country for over 30 years under that oath of office & can understand, I may discuss it with you. Meanwhile, I think that you owe Sheriff Lopey a formal apology. And let him do his job without your verbal abuses.
Norman R. Malmberg
Captain, USN (Ret.)
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