Letters to the editor - Tuesday
Praying does not establish religion
After reading Chris Verner’s article about having a moment of prayer before beginning the board meeting, I was struck by how the focus on praying is not the real issue. This debate should not be about the ACLU or John Adams or even about legal rulings.
Praying, in most people’s minds, does not establish a religion. I have yet to see where the Congress praying has established a law. On second thought — praying might help.
The wording in the First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion ...” If however, someone was required to pray a particular prayer (which is not the case here), this act should be resisted by the people and the courts as being unconstitutional.
The act of praying does not make a law or establish a religion. The first amendment goes on to say, “or the prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The question should be, how is it that one person or three people in this case, can claim to be insulted by people praying? They are not required to participate. These people can pray their own prayer or not pray at all.
The rest of us should be insulted that they could even claim to be insulted and taken seriously. Political correctness has again reared its ugly head, this time as a dictatorship by the minority and suffered by the courts. This should be the focus of our attention and is the real issue. How long will Christians continue to suffer at the hands of atheists, the disenchanted and the courts?
— Richard Roberts
Below is part of a question I sent via e-mail to Town of Landis Manager Reed Linn and his response to the question.
“Dear Mr. Linn,
“Why does a person who asks for information that is public records have such a problem in getting it?
“For one, recently I have sent you emails inquiring as to why the TV monitor is not on during recent town board meetings.”
“I apologize for the delay in your request. We are having some difficulties with our recording system and I thought I would have everything back on line before now. The systems indicates that everything was recording, but when you play back all you get is a blank disk. I will continue to work on the problem and if it is repaired, I’ll forward you a copy of the DVD. If not, a copy of the minutes will be available for you after the board has approved them at the next regular meeting.
“Sincerely, Douglas R. Linn, Town Manager, Town of Landis”
Mr. Linn stated “I will continue to work on the problem and if it is repaired.” All that is, is stall tactics. He should have made the statement, “when it is repaired,” not “if it is repaired.”
At the retreat held this past Saturday, Mayor Furr talked a little about the town’s website. In my opinion, it is a shame and disgrace they let the website administrator keep stacking the folders (of minutes) on his/her desk and not putting them on the website.
Gee whiz, I forgot they (Town Council, as they liked to be called) wanted Mr. Linn’s title to be changed from town administrator to town manager to keep certain people from looking at the records.
There are two council member seats up for election this year and I hope we will see some new faces in those positions.
— Nadine Cherry