Helms' legacy should be honored
I read your recent editorial on Jesse Helms in your liberal-biased newspaper.
Jesse, Strom, George were great politicians for better or worse in people's minds. My flag is at half staff.
Let Christians practice freely
In our Constitution, the section that speaks of religious freedoms reads: "No law may be made for or against a religion." People waste money and time complaining and getting laws against prayer, the commandments, and, yes, now a license plate, in a country founded on belief in God. Those people just need to live their so-called free lives with their non-belief system and let Christians live our lives.
Christians have rights and freedoms, too. If these declarations of faith bother them so much, why not give it all a try? What do they have to lose? Yet, these types don't have any respect for our rights to express ourselves and practice our religion publicly.
In prayer times, don't join in and at the end when we say, "In Jesus' name," don't say it. It's simple -- enjoy your rights and let me enjoy mine. I love the license plate, and the "In God We Trust" motto, and I loved the commandments and grew up with prayer still in school! It never changed anyone for the worse or kept them from being free!
Ambra S. Moore
Recent diatribe made no sense
Charles Blackwell wrote that Barack Obama is a talented but misguided young man who is a Socialist, a Marxist, the "most liberal" and "not merely a liberal" with a hidden agenda and with an agenda that is not hidden at all, and, worst of all, is a Democrat who may be campaigning for president as an American.
Now, conservative-minded claptrap gets published regularly, but never before has it made less sense.
Should we withdraw troops in Iraq?
The war in Iraq is having its positive and negative outcomes. There are many different views on the war. Troops need to be increased, but this could lead to more casualties. The security has not changed much, but we need to figure out if we will send more troops or withdraw troops.
If we leave our forces in Iraq for too long, we will be viewed as an occupational force instead of liberators saving the Iraqis from terrorism. If we withdraw troops, then Iraq may become hostile again, wasting the time and effort that our military put into the Middle East. I believe that we should decrease the amount of troops in Iraq so that we will not cause conflict between ourselves and the people of Iraq, but we can keep a few troops to see that Iraq is staying safe.
Government mirrors the American people
I would just like to tell the voters in York County and across this country that when you talk or complain about about our government, you are talking about yourself. When we complain about the news media, we are complaining about ourselves! We have elected these politicians that are in power and continue to watch, listen and read what the news people put in front of us. They are, in fact, a reflection of our society.
I do not think or agree with so much that happens in politics these days but the majority put them there. They are "elected officials." I hear people say how they would like to see a third party to shake up or wake up these politicians, but they keep on voting for them! We can change most of what we are griping about if we want to, but we have to change our ways also.
Just remember that when you point your finger at these groups I am writing about, they are a reflection of ourselves in the mirror of America.
Bikers not getting a special privilege
With reference to Andrew Dys' recent column about the new law that allows motorcyclists to go through red lights after waiting at least two minutes: Mr. Dys has obviously never ridden a motorcycle. He fails to mention that the reason a bike would be allowed to pass through a red light is because the bike doesn't trip the sensors in the pavement for one of two reasons: it's not heavy enough or doesn't contain enough steel.
Instead, he prefers to allow people to think we riders are getting a special pass. Would you rather I sat at a red light until another car comes up behind me and trips the sensors for me? I could be in a hurry -- like going to the pawn shop to hock my Rolex to pay for the 21-year-old Goldwing I ride. All bikers have Rolexes, right?
This has nothing to do with freedom. It is indeed about common sense. I suggest that Dys stick with writing about subjects with which he is familiar.