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About the author
Wendy Cramer, whose letter appeared Feb. 6, has been selected as last month’s Golden Pen Award winner. In the judgment of the editors, she had the most effective letter during February.
Cramer, 42, is a stay-at-home mother to her 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. She and her husband, Gary, also have a daughter about to graduate from Indiana University. Cramer says she has been studying the Constitution and was troubled by the ease with which others seem willing to surrender their rights.
“I’m realizing what an amazing country we have,” Cramer says, “and (the erosion of our freedoms) really bothers me.”
Cramer made herself a promise that if she were still upset after two days, she’d write a letter in response. She was, and she did.
Cramer received a gold-plated inscribed pen for her efforts. The Golden Pen Award was established to express our appreciation for the contributions our letter writers make to the editorial page.
Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Wendy Cramer is the winner of the Golden Pen for February.

Golden Pen winner: February

NSA doesn’t have my OK

In Roger Lindley’s letter “NSA has the OK to do what it needs” (Jan. 28), the writer invites the National Security Agency and presumably any other governmental body to track his phone records and listen in on his conversations all they want. I’m glad he is talking about himself, as I do not share his opinion. As tempting as it may be to incrementally trade our freedoms and privacy for the promise of protections, I choose to affirm my right to privacy from unmerited surveillance, no matter how noble the intentions may be. It’s not about having something to hide; it’s about having something to defend and protect.