To the Editor:

Prior to creation of public schools in America, it was duly noted and understood by all that certain God-given rights were unalienable and no civil authority could usurp those rights.

"The transcendent law of nature and nature's God, which declares that the safety and happiness of society are the object at which all political institutions aim." (James Madison, 1788).

That man should pursue his own happiness is binding at all times and no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to it.

The Declaration of Independence states, "That our unalienable rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

The preamble of the constitution: "To insure blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."

Liberty means freedom from any other form of arbitrary control. Posterity has an inherent right to noninterference.

The language of a compact is, "I will," that of a law is "Thou shall."

The law that says "Thou shall not steal" implies a declaration that stealing is a crime." (William Blackstone).

Declarations were collected commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong.

In creating America's public schools, "Its purpose of public instruction is a wise and liberal system of police by which property and life and peace of society are secured.

"General instruction includes the censures of the law, and the denunciations of religion, against immorality and crime.

"We hope to continue and prolong the time when there maybe undisturbed sleep within unbarred doors." (Daniel Webster).

The instruction of our Founding Fathers continued in public schools a long time.

In the mid 1900s, high schools in New York City had high counts of students forcing double shifts.

Conduct was A-plus. No policeman was needed.

Before air conditioning, home windows were open at night in warm weather. No entry to steal ever occurred.

Along avenues of stores, cars were parked open with keys in ignition. No car was ever taken.

Crime was very low because of the Founders' public school instruction.

Safety, happiness, life, liberty, property and peace of society prevailed over wrong and the people were thankful.

Compare the peace of society created and exercised by laws of God and Founding Fathers to America today.

Public school instructions by the Founders have been found by courts to be wrong, thus removed.

"The liberty of interpreting laws in an equitable light must not be indulged too far, lest we destroy all law and leave every question entirely with the judge, which would make every judge a legislator and introduce confusion; equality without law." (Blackstone).

Because our Founding Fathers' school instructions have been removed as being wrong, homes and vehicles are locked and guarded with electronic security.

Crime has increased. We hear of teens fighting in schools. Police have increased nationwide.

1) Public schools should restore the Founding Fathers' instructions for obvious reason and purpose.

2) If that is not done, towns and cities should remove the portion of school tax from property tax.

3) Public schools then should charge tuition to attending students.

4) Parents could then enroll their children in private or religious schools that do teach denunciations of religion against immorality and crime.

Walter F. Heydt

New Milford