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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Religious views should be in the open
The editorial “Take a stand for tolerance,” Sept. 16, was published appropriately the day before Constitution Day, but uses the opportunity to complain about regional leaders fighting for religious freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Does “tolerance” now mean that religious freedom is not worth fighting for?
Public religious expression as well as promotion and favoritism of a particular religion are all constitutionally protected freedoms — only Congress is denied the power to propose and pass laws to establish a state church.
The genius of the Founding Fathers was to give the people ultimate, if not swift, control of their leaders by use of the ballot box. The Founding Fathers put their trust in the people, not the government leaders of that day or any other day.
Let’s walk away from rulings so insane that local officials dare not allow principals to lead prayers at graduations, towns to set up seasonal Nativity scenes, or coaches, teachers or town council members to lead prayers. Are we so limited that we cannot see the difference between the Founders’ clarity of intention in the words that guarantee freedom of religion, and the failure to maintain that freedom?
GAIL T. LAMBERT
Quality health care not just for Congress
House Speaker John Boehner, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by his side, stated that the House of Representatives will let the government shut down unless the Affordable Care Act is defunded. Boehner further emphasized that the American people don’t want Obamacare. What a despicable thing to say.
First of all, many Americans do want Obamacare. Have he and his cohorts no feeling for those who have no health insurance? Many have to decide whether to spend money on food or a prescription.
Boehner and all of his buddies in the House of Representatives have excellent health care coverage, which is the envy of most Americans. How can they possibly relate to those who cannot afford coverage? They should be ashamed of themselves. Boehner, Cantor and fellow House Republicans have never supported President Obama in anything he has proposed. All they care about is being obstructive and getting re-elected. Now, more than ever, we need term limits.
In intellectual exile without Horizon
Beyond articles reporting physical harm and/or death to individuals, the most hands-down disturbing piece of news last Sunday (Sept. 22), was the announcement that there would be no more Horizon section. You can only imagine how this is going to upset my Sunday-morning routine.
Here, in the Horizon section, was where I found all of the intelligent persons who agree with my thinking, and all those hopelessly crazy writers who disagreed with my thinking. However, upon reading the notice three or four times, it seems those pages will continue, but in differing locations.
Well, that’s better than complete banishment, and I congratulate The Roanoke Times for continuing the fight for sanity and reason in these Internet times. But my Sunday mornings will never be the same, and I am considering wearing a black arm-band for at least a week.
FRANK D. WILLIAMSON
Lang has qualities a supervisor needs
My support for Brian Lang for the Hollins Magisterial District seat on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors derives from more than a decade of knowing and working with him in various community-oriented efforts.
Lang is an engineer with Yokohama Tire Co. in Salem, and his practical, measured approach to problem-solving reflects his education, training and strong work ethic. He knows that, with patience and persistence, much can be achieved.
He is an avid supporter of public education, understands the need for planned economic development combined with common-sense protection of the environment, and on numerous occasions has demonstrated his willingness to do the hard work necessary to bring about a better quality of life for residents of the Roanoke Valley.
His commitment to his son, an Eagle Scout now in his second year at Virginia Military Institute, has impressed me. Lang chose not to run for public office until his son had completed high school and gone on to college.
These are the qualities, talents and abilities that will make Lang an excellent supervisor, and I ask that the voters of the Hollins District afford him every consideration on Election Day. Thank you.
An intractable problem much like Iraq’s
It seems each day we read about innocent Iraqis as victims of terrorist bombings and often think: Oh, well; Iraq is a lawless land where violence is rampant. Then we are confronted with another mass shooting in our nation and — sharing the reaction of many Iraqis — say: There is nothing we can do faced with the powerful forces in our country.
Terrorist zealots with bombs and crazed persons with guns will continue to slaughter the citizens in Iraq and our country.
Unless we confront the problems of mental health and gun regulation, the best we can hope for is that the killers in our country will use guns and not bombs.
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