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Letters to the editor

July 1, 2005

Taking issue

with justices

To the editor:

In a recent editorial by Adam K. Miller, he was critical of the current Supreme Court Justices. Calling their recent decision on individual rights a "rampant abuse of judicial authority/activism at its height." I would like to remind Mr. Miller that seven of the nine justices were appointed by Republican Presidents. President Reagan appointed Rehnquist, O'Connor, Scalia, and Kennedy. President Ford appointed Stevens. President Bush the elder appointed Thomas and Souter. The remaining justices Ginsburg and Breyer were appointed by President Clinton. I took this information from "supremecourtus.gov/about/biographiescurrent.pdf".

Although, this issue is considered a traditional liberal platform issue, I would like to quote Justice O'Connor, a Republican appointee, "that the ruling favors the most powerful and influential and leaves small property owners little recourse". (Quote from the article "Ruling allows taking of Land" published in the Washington Post.) So the ruling favors the traditional supporters of the GOP - Big Business.

I have Google searched several websites (Foxnews, AJC, thinkexist, brainyquote, and the official Ted Kennedy website) and have been unable to find the quote attributed to Senator Kennedy. I would like to know the entire quote and in what context it was made. In the future, it would be helpful to reference where a quote was found.

Plus, when did activism become a bad thing? Our country was founded on activism. If our founding fathers are rolling in their graves over eminent domain - they are sitting up and taking notice when activism is being squashed and people's individual voices are being silenced.

I agree that all Americans should be appalled by this eminent domain ruling. However, you may want to think about who the ruling party is and under who's majority this ruling occurred. It shows plainly how the rights of big business are more important than the rights of individuals. I would suggest that this ruling benefits the traditional Republic stronghold - big business.

SHARON SCHILLING

Jonesboro

Our freedoms

are not free

To the editor:

July 4, 2005 is America's 229 birthday, with freedoms unmatched in history.

Our place in history comes from our first Commander-in-Chief and President, George Washington, when he said, "There is a rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, it not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war."

Throughout our history, America's finest sons and daughters have insured our freedoms, by sacrificing part or all of their young lives, and their willingness to serve in harm's way. Yet General Douglas McArthur sums up their number one thought when he said, "It is the soldier above all others who prays for peace." As someone once said, "The ultimate measure of a man, is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Every man and woman in military service of our country lives by the quote stated on a grave marker in Arlington National Cemetery, which says, "Not for fame or reward... Not for place or rank... Not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity... But in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. These men suffered all... sacrificed all... dared all... and died." Our national cemeteries are GARDENS OF STONES that speak without speaking. America's true freedoms and what we have accomplished for ourselves and the world is best summed up by President John Kennedy in his inaugural address, when he said, "We shall pay any price, bear any burden, support any friend, oppose any foe, endure any hardship, to insure the success and survival of liberty."

Our 229-year history of freedom speaks volumes of service and sacrifice and highlights that "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE." "War is and ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth war is much worse." All of our freedoms, earned and protected by a few, comes down to the Bible's John 15:13, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

On this, our Independence Day, let us all unite and be thankful for 229 years of our sons' and daughters' willingness to serve and sacrifice. OUR FREEDOMS ARE NOT FREE!

TOMMY CLACK

Conyers

That sizzle on the grill doesn't have

to be meat

To the editor:

What ever happened to the good old days, when 4th of July was just Independence Day and the worst things we had to fear were traffic jams and wayward fireworks? Recent government warnings suggest that this year's top threat is food poisoning from inadequately grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, deadly pathogens in meat products sicken millions of consumers annually and kill 9,000. Key offenders are E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. The government's Meat and Poultry Hotline is trying to help consumers survive holiday barbecues by advising longer grilling times, which generate cancer-causing heterocyclic amines.

Fortunately, ingenious American manufacturers have developed a great variety of veggie burgers and soy dogs that are healthful, delicious, convenient, and available in every supermarket. And they don't harbor nasty pathogens or cancer-causing agents.

On this 4th of July, let's stay healthy by declaring our independence from the meat industry. Let's enjoy wholesome meat alternatives, grains, vegetables, and fruits at our holiday feast.

JERRY FARNSWORTH

Jonesboro

Fireworks are pretty

but dangerous

To the editor:

What would the 4th of July be without a fireworks display? I always look forward to the celebration. But if 2005 is like previous years, there will be about 6,600 injuries in the U.S. - mostly to children and young teens - during the weeks just before and after July 4.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission has just released their annual report showing that about two-thirds of the accidents in 2004 (or 3,600 injuries) involved burns mostly to the hands, head and face while there were 1,400 cases of contusions, lacerations or foreign bodies injuring the eyes. The top three injury-causing fireworks are firecrackers, sparklers and rockets. These are two of the three categories of fireworks that the Georgia General Assembly just legalized with the passage of Senate Bill 133.

Will the increased revenue to the state from the sale of fireworks be enough to cover the medical and rehabilitation expenses and loss of salary for those injured in Georgia this July? Is there any amount of money that could repay the loss of vision?

When I watch the "bombs bursting in air" this Monday, I plan to do so from a safe distance and I'll choose a pyrotechnic show produced by experienced professionals who understand the risks and take the appropriate precautions. I plan to have a happy and safe 4th and I hope everyone else will do the same.

JENNY POMEROY,

PRESIDENT

Prevent Blindness Georgia

Reader says we

are all loved

To the editor:

I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to say it until the day I die. Thank God for Freedom of Speech.

I am not a racist. I never have been. If you are, please read my expression carefully and pray.

I learned many years ago in a little Baptist church, Bellwood Baptist Church, to sing this song: "Red and yellow, black or white, all are precious in His sight." That's how I choose to live my life today.

Clayton County is racist today. You've heard it and so have I. I just pray about it. Many move today to get away from the blacks, the Spanish, the whites, the Indians, etc. Well, I'm not moving. I am caucasian (white) and my best neighbor, who is black, is one of the best in our neighborhood. I pray for Clayton County. I pray for my pastor who is black, I think. I've never asked him and I won't. What difference does it make to God?

God loves us all. You know, many ask me, "Is Jesus black?" I say the truth, "I don't know." It doesn't matter to me. I asked many people and get may responses. I hope you respond to this letter to the editor, or to me.

Two men died at the same time. They wondered all their lives, "Is Jesus black or white?" They went together to heaven and St. Peter met them at the gate. They said, "St. Peter, just one question before we come in." St. Peter said, "Yes?" The two men said, "Well, is Jesus black or white?" Jesus stepped up to the pearly white gates and said, "Buenos Dias." Which is to be interpreted "Good Day."

Well, when I get to the pearly gates, I don't have any questions for St. Peter. I only have on question for Jesus. "Lord, why? Why did you go in my place to the cross?" Well, He answered that one in John 3:16. Because He loved me. He loves you today as our read this article. If you don't have salvation, call me and I will pray for you over the phone. Denominations don't matter. Our races or sexes don't matter. Right is right and wrong is wrong. God help us to see this before it's too late. Sad words, too late, a last opportunity.

So, to shut my mouth for now (remember that there will be no voices for 30 minutes in heaven). Equal opportunity. Cheer up if you are white, or black, or Chinese, or Japanese. Cheer up because when Jesus comes, oh what a loud voice we will hear, deafening, "I'm back." Oh, by the way, no black women, no German men, no African children because as my dead husband used to say, "You had better shut up." There will come a time when Jesus says, "Shut up", and you will because there's not a woman on Earth (or a man) who can shut up for 30 minutes here or in Heaven. But, we will all shut up, even this great Voice column of the News Daily.

I live for the day when Jesus comes to take all of us away. Don't you?

OPAL M. CARTER

Morrow