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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 3:05 pm

This may come as a surprise to some Roman Catholics, but they do not have the exclusive rights to the word “catholic.” Usually, I participate in either the Lutheran or Episcopalian worship service on Sundays. Both denominations use the Nicene Creed, which includes, “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church.” Neither does the Roman Catholic Church have the right to make universal moral and ethical proclamations. Certainly not in America.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA

Should speak at Notre Dame

This may come as a surprise to some Roman Catholics, but they do not have the exclusive rights to the word “catholic.” Usually, I participate in either the Lutheran or Episcopalian worship service on Sundays. Both denominations use the Nicene Creed, which includes, “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church.” Neither does the Roman Catholic Church have the right to make universal moral and ethical proclamations. Certainly not in America.

If the former Vatican ambassador Mary Ann Glendon cannot breathe the same air at the University of Notre Dame commencement with President Barack Obama, that is her problem. It also becomes my problem when she and her spokespersons insinuate that Obama and others who accept freedom of choice have inferior morality and an irresponsible view of humanity.

I have attended Roman Catholic masses many times. (I have not taken the sacrament, as I respect their right to be different.) I consider the Roman church to be an important part of the Holy Catholic Church.

Obama is not the one who should “bow out.” I feel he is a breath of fresh air for searching out the moral respect of humanity. His views included in freedom of choice do not change that for me. There are many other Americans who share my point of view. Many of them are also religious.

FREDRICK HERMANNS

MESA

PHOTO ENFORCEMENT

Avoid with safe driving

I am writing in response to Joseph Longo’s April 19 letter about the photo enforcement program. It is rather difficult to agree with the writer’s stance on this issue, just because throughout most of his letter he uses circular reasoning, restating his reasons to support his opinion. One reason to oppose photo enforcement, he writes, is because it is dangerous to the overall public, saying that people hit their brakes to avoid a ticket and cause rear-end collisions. While the number of rear-end collisions may have indeed increased, as the writer implied, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, “Total collisions were reduced by 44 to 54 percent.” Plus, if people drive around the speed limit in ideal conditions, they shouldn’t have to worry about slamming on their brakes anyway to avoid a ticket.

KATIE SWANEY

MESA

GILBERT ELECTION

Lewis, Scroggins, Daniels

would be effective leaders

How do ineffective leaders lead in an economic crisis? They raise taxes. This is what is being proposed by our Town Council. As I watched this soap opera play on, I was struck by the lack of leadership displayed by any of our elected leaders.

We have been waiting to hear what kinds of ideas and creativity would be used to balance our budget and maintain most of what we have created. The answer: We can’t cut anything, everything is too valuable, so let’s raise taxes instead. How disappointing. This is truly a moment that we will look back on and wonder why we elected these people to run our town. It takes an elementary knowledge of economics to understand that increased taxes results in less productivity, revenue and business.

This is a lesson we might find out the hard way unless we take our voices to the polls on May 19 and vote in new leadership to take control of this council and provide effective leadership. That is why we’re voting for John Lewis, Erin Scroggins and Jenn Daniels. Join us in voting for these great individuals.

ROLF AND JEAN FLAKE

GILBERT

Scroggins opposes new taxes

I am against raising taxes in this economic climate. This is one of the most ridiculous things any elected official could propose. The justification given is that we can’t do without any of these programs that we’ve voted for, so instead we are just going to take more of your money and pay for them that way. It’s only $150 per household.

Why should I pay an extra $150 to pay for many programs I don’t even use? Here is a strange idea, why don’t we charge the people that use these programs the cost it takes to run them. I know this is hard for politicians to believe, but in the private sector that is how it is done, otherwise businesses go out of business.

I believe it is time for new voices in our Town Council. I have heard practical solutions come from Erin Scroggins. He is the most consistent and responsible candidate of the group. He is a fiscal conservative who will tackle these budget problems with real solutions and not just push the decisions back on the citizens. Let’s vote for new leadership we can trust. Vote Erin Scroggins for Gilbert Town Council.

NAOMI ELLSWORTH

GILBERT

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Safe to use

I’m responding to the outstanding column on May 8 by Dr. Ronald Frasier on “Arizona could make medical marijuana a reality.” I’d like to add that one of the medications prescribed by my personal physician for my arthritis pain and inflammation has the rare potential side effect of death. In other words, if I take this medication as prescribed, I can die as a result.

On the other hand, marijuana has never been documented to kill a single person in the 5,000-year history of its use. For me, marijuana is the more effective medication. Right now, if adult citizens of Arizona opt for the safer and more effective medication, they are subject to arrest and being sent to jail with violent criminals. Is something wrong with this situation? I think so.

Shouldn’t adult citizens have the freedom to choose what goes into their own bodies in the privacy of their own homes?

KIRK MUSE

MESA

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