Letters to the Editor: Feb. 6, 2019

As noted below in Article VI, all federal officials must take an oath in support of the Constitution:

“The Senators and Representators before mentioned , and members of several State Legislatures, and executive and Judicial Officers, both of the United States and of several States shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution, but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or Public Trust of the United States.”

The Constitution does not provide the wording for this oath, leaving that to the determination of Congress. From 1789 until 1861 the oath was “I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.”

During the 1860s the oath was altered several times before Congress settled on the text used today, which is set out at U.S.C. 3331. This oath is taken by all federal employees, other than the President: “I (name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation of purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

By the afore stated oath of office I contend that there are a lot of federal officials that are not true to their oath of office and need to be removed from office for not operating true to their oath of office.

Also there are some new people that attempted to take an oath of office utilizing a foreign religion as an object to swear an oath on which it is not legally recognized.

Bruce Hahn, Omak

After many major problems with date postponements, the Omak Food Bank finally had our benefit bing, silent auction and chili feed at the Okanogan Eagles.

This benefit made money to pay our bills and to keep our doors open.

The Omak Food Bank appreciates the support of our businesses and community members throughout the years.

Chris Morgan, Omak

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