Letters for Sunday — January 29, 2006

• Making things clear • Salt Pond trash • Opposes Alito

Making things clear

After reading some of the letters to The Garden Island it becomes pain-fully clear that we need to clear up some confusion.

Number One: We are not against a woman doing what she wants with her own body. We are against a woman doing what she wants to the BABY’S body. Why is it so difficult to understand that we are dealing with two SEPARATE entities here? The mother and the baby are NOT the same person.

The Fifth Amendment reads as follows: “No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Where is the child’s due process of law? When did God give women the power to decide who shall live and who shall die?

Number two: While we are talking about amendments, The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” It says that the government may not “prohibit the free exercise of religion.”

Therefore taking down nativity scenes, removing the Ten Commandments from court houses and schools, removing prayer and the Bible from schools are all a violation of the “free exercise of religion.” These rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution. So why are we respecting and abiding by these violations from the “Bill of Rights” simply because a single judge decides to rewrite the laws? Or simply because there are those who mistakenly claim a “separation of church and state”?

Now with the First Amendment right in front of you, please tell me where it says that there is a “separation of church and state.”

  • Peter R. Saker
    Lihu’e

Salt Pond trash

A few weeks ago, a reader commented about the overflowing trash cans at Salt Pond and lamented that the county was not picking up the trash in a timely manner. I was under the impression that the area the reader was talking about was the southern portion of the bay near the salt pans and landing strip.

I have been concerned for many years about the lack of trash cans on that end of Salt Pond, because that’s where I go when I go to the beach. Recently, I’ve noticed several trash cans have been placed in that area. I contacted both the county and the airports division, which I understand is responsible for that area. However, none of those entities had placed the trash cans there. I suspect that a private individual/organization is doing this. I would hope that whoever is doing this great civic good deed will write The Garden Island and get the kudos they deserve.

  • Tricia Egger
    Kalaheo

Opposes Alito

I deeply urge my fellow citizens to voice their opposition to the election of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. One must see the irony of this nomination to the “Supreme” court in terms of who’s rule it would make “supreme” over all, including our elected officials and “We The People”.

If Bush and Alito have their way; 1.) (Bush) administrative officials will have complete immunity to spy on American citizens; 2.) Bush can over-ride Congress and the Courts with a “signing agreement” that will be the last word as to what a law means; i.e. recently, to not torture doesn’t apply to Bush unless he wants it to (maybe he didn’t learn to share his toys in kindergarten); and 3.) (Since 9/11) Bush can indefinitely detain American citizens without access to an attorney, formal charges and without a trial.

Does this smack chillingly of pre-Nazi Germany or The United States of America where freedom (supposedly) rings? Act now citizens while we still have freedom of speech.

  • Harmony Ross
    Lihu’e
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