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Three branches of government

To the Editor:

I have spent most of my long life in Oregon but I was born in England. Before I could become a U. S. citizen I had to learn about the American system of government. Three branches: Legislative, Executive and Judicial, each branch operating independently but also providing a “check and balance” to the other two.

When did this system break down, allowing one man to use “executive orders” to bypass the other two? Is this not the way a dictatorship works?

Beryl MacDonald