Does America really have two Constitutions? One that reads "We the People . . ." and another, "They are privileged and powerful. . ."?

Recently, while touring the National Archives (my first visit to our nation's capital), I came face to face with great adversity. Without warning, the long line where I was standing was separated. Everyone behind me was forced back by armed guards; the remainder of us were told to hurry through the line and leave the building. Anyone attempting to enter was immediately halted and made to wait outside in a line that was growing continuously.

I became furious. I had walked many blocks in a cold rain and had stood in a long line to see public documents in a public building. I told one of the guards I wanted to read as much of the encased documents as I could and spend a few moments viewing our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Adamantly, he told me that I could come back later and to keep moving.

Almost immediately, I became aware of a small entourage of people moving closer to where I was standing. It was the former chief justice, Warren Burger. His arrival was forcing everyone to be pushed aside and was changing a public building during public hours into a private showing room. He didn't have to stand outside in the cold and he didn't have to stand in line.

Since I can't ask George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln, I put my question to you: one Constitution, or two?

NANCY LUCAS

Roanoke