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Letters to the Editor August 1999

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Dear Editor,

It is my understanding that Mayor Ferguson opposes the use of the Town Crier for political use, however, her piece Our Flag...My Point of View is so blatantly political that I felt compelled to write a piece in opposition. So, I offer my view point for equal and fair treatment. I encourage you, the Citizens of Riverdale Park to take a stand for the minority position in the Senate by opposing the "Flag Protection Amendment" SJR 14.

This proposal is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights and our GOD given FREE WILL. The flag will lose all its meaning as a symbol of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, if by tyranny we are forced to show our respect for it in certain ways, if we are made by law to respect the flag it might as well be red with a hammer and sickle or a swastika on it.

When people are reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" new version, (I went all the way through school without "under God," the old version) I wonder if the people who want this flag protection amendment understand how hypocritical they sound. I, as a Holy Catholic Christian, find that the idea of forced respect of the flag is too idolatrous for my taste. As for me and my house, we will worship the Lord and not bow before Caesar's idols.

A nation under GOD, The CREATOR of FREE WILL, would not be about restricting the liberties of its citizens, it would be about the increase of liberty, Love, as God teaches, can not come as the result of force it can come only in letting one have the free will to love, be it God, country, friends, or family. Perhaps sad when the love does not come--but, there is no other way.

I myself would encourage people at public assembly, to not always recite the pledge of allegiance to the flag, which pledge, in its self admits the flag to only stand for the republic. Instead, we should often read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety (not leaving out the right of citizens to modify or abolish such governments that do not protect their rights, this part was shamefully...ellipsied...on the Jefferson Memorial). Other documents of merit to read are the Articles of Confederation, The Constitution, The Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers, and State, County, and City Constitutions. These are the ideas, tested within the idea of FREE WILL, that we struggle with to understand and live by, the living blood of our Democratic Republic.

Please defend life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and ask your Senators to voter against SJR 14.

Sincerely, Jack R. Jones

Jack Jones is a resident of Ward 1.

Dear Editor:

I went to a budget meeting on June 22 and heard Councilmember Herman say there was extra money all over--in the state, county and town--so the town needed to go after it to put up a community center.

This concerns me because 1) I don't know why we need a community center with all of the park land and recreation buildings around us, and 2) I think having extra money in the budget is a good idea and it should be left there in case it's needed for emergencies.

Is there going to be a public hearing about this community center idea so I'll have a chance to speak on it? Also, I'd like to hear what other residents think about this idea.

Very truly yours, Margaret L. Davila

Ms. Davila is a resident of Ward 3.

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