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I am saddened to see that such a fine charity as Viva House would be asked to sign a form stating it is in compliance with the PATRIOT Act provisions on terrorism funding (“Anti-Terrorism Begins at Home,” Mobtown Beat, Jan. 19). This law, which is slowly taking away our constitutional rights, is a black stain on the history of our nation.

The folks at Viva House are right on the money to refuse to sign such a statement. McCarthyism is still around, and this time the “other” is not the communists, but the terrorists . . . as defined by the power elite. Animal activists, peace activists, climate change scientists? Watch out! You are in the line of fire as well. I applaud this spark of courage and intelligence.

Ann Bracken

Correction: Our story about Viva House’s refusal to sign an anti-terrorism pledge (“Anti-Terrorism Begins at Home,” Mobtown Beat, Jan. 19) misquoted United Way of Central Maryland’s spokesperson Chuck Tildon. He did not say that United Way executives planned to meet with Viva House’s founders to discuss their concerns, but instead that United Way executives would meet with each other to discuss Viva House’s concerns. City Paper regrets the error.

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