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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2007 10:30 pm | Updated: 5:32 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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CHURCH AND STATE

God in every government

The phrase that in America there should be a “wall of separation” between church and state appears in President Thomas Jefferson’s private letters to the Baptist Congregation in Danbury, Conn., in 1802. There’s no such thing, or no mention, of separation of church and state in the First Amendment and is nowhere to be found in the U.S. Constitution.

In our own time, the American Civil Liberties Union has continued to harangue on the metaphor as justification for eliminating religious issues from public view within the confines of our national, state and local communities and schools.

In contrast, all 50 states in the United States “acknowledge God” in the introductory part of their constitutions — an interesting fact in the midst of controversy over the unconstitutional phrase “separation of church and state.”

Jack Salley

MESA

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

A failure to communicate

“Anchor babies” are truly a problem created by the Democratic-controlled Congress and President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in 1965, with the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act. It has further been bolstered by the inaction of our Congress since then by not enforcing this country’s immigration laws. Thus the start of a greater drain on the welfare system to pay for the births of babies to illegal immigrant women who began to flood the United States, wanting to take advantage of the great benefactor society in the U.S.

If one looks up the costs associated with the failure to bolster existing immigration laws on Google or in study reports at their local library, they’d be astounded what it is costing them in Social Security benefits, Medicare and other handouts to illegal immigrants.

I will say that some attempts have been made to correct the ways of the most passive Congress in decades. The latest and still current bill to be introduced by Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., on April 19 is The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2007 (HR1940). It would end the process of granting automatic birthright citizenship to the babies born in the United States to illegal immigrants. This bill assuredly deserves your support, the full support of the sovereign American people and our elected officials. It currently has 95 co-sponsors in the House, one of which is our own Rep. John Shadegg, and has been referred to the subcommittee on immigration, chaired by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. Write, call or e-mail your representative today and demand action on this bill.

It has been said that American citizens must be wary of elected officials voting to illegally extend our generous social benefits to illegal immigrants and other criminals. Wise men and women, take heed.

Doug Taylor

SUN LAKES

MESA ARTS CENTER

Protect your investment

I recently attended a concert in the Mesa Arts Center. Having worked for the Sacramento Convention Center, which had four buildings, I was surprised to see the following:

The main doors were open and we walked right in with nobody at the doors checking to see if we had a ticket and were in the right building.

We got up to the third level before an usher checked our ticket and showed us where our seats were.

There was a walkway to another building whose doors was also open, allowing anyone to walk in without a ticket.

A ticket taker should be at the front door to check the ticket, tell the patron the best way to get to seats i.e., right aisle, second level. Otherwise, someone could get in the theater and see a show without paying or do damage to the theater and audience.

The door to the other theater should be locked so no one can go into other theaters, people could do damage to theater or see concerts with no ticket.

Security should be apparent: i.e., standing in the front lobby. This will reassure patrons.

Also, if there was an emergency, the security person would be able immediately to take whatever action was needed.

The MAC is a beautiful facility, not only for Mesa but the area. We enjoyed seeing the center.

JOHN L. RICKETTS

MESA

PHOENIX SUNS

Back-seat coaches

I am a fan of the sport, not a sports fan.

Coach Mike D’Antoni, to ease his stress, should just ask all the sports writers here in the Valley what, how and when to coach and play the game.

As a matter of fact, the whole group should go in together and buy, manage and coach the team.

Of course, that would be unfair. They would win every game, make all the right moves, hire all the right players.

As hard as it is on coaches, and players who deal with the media, it is just as hard on fans, who want to know more about how than why.

These sports writers nationwide all seem to be auditioning to be comedy writers, or National Enquirer writers.

Gene Weill

CHANDLER

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