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Like all American citizens, my husband and I eagerly await the opportunity to participate in the election of our next president, a rare privilege that we Americans have earned through great sacrifice.

Just within our own immediate family, we have members who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. I served as a petty officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and my son was career Navy. His son, my grandson, continues the tradition serving as a Navy corpsman attached to Walter Reed Medical Center. So yes, like so many, we have earned the right to stand up as Americans and express our opinions and vote for our chosen candidates.

We chose to place a sign in our yard in support of President Obama. It is important to note that the sign was in our yard and not on common property. In the past week, the sign was first pushed aside, and was left standing crooked. We fixed it, thinking, someone may have accidentally moved it. To our chagrin, the next day the sign was completely pulled out of the ground and thrown down in our yard. We once again replaced it. After being out of town for a couple of days, we returned to find the sign had been ripped off the stand, and completely removed, with only the sign holder remaining.

Our house is located in the Breton Bay subdivision, and on a cul-de-sac. We are not on a major thoroughfare. The responsible individuals would have to seek us out to remove this sign. This is not only a violation of our freedom of speech, but it is also trespassing and destruction of private party. I have always felt very safe and comfortable in our neighborhood, but this travesty of justice totally changes this.

If those of you who oppose Obama feel that this type of Gestapo tactics will help Mitt Romney to win, you are sadly mistaken. The rational-thinking American citizen sees right through your shallow and inane attempts to prevail. They will recognize this type of action as a futile attempt to push votes for someone who obviously is not able to win in a just and fair way.

I want to thank you for your actions. You have given me the opportunity to prove once again that the United States needs a man like Obama to lead us in our just and free nation. Justice and truth will prevail.

Mary Ludwig, Leonardtown