Letters to the Editor January 7, 2009

By Jenn House, The Union Democrat January 12, 2009 10:25 am

On tolerance
To the editor:

In response to Jake Jacobsen’s letter (“A little tolerance,” Dec. 29) in response to mine. In my letter, my last line was, “To those of faith: I respect your beliefs. Please respect our lack thereof.” I am not a Jehovah’s Witness as Mr. Jacobsen assumes, and I do not go to church.

I am completely religiously neutral, not confirming nor denying the existence of a higher power(s). Though I have found the witnesses to take the roots of Christianity far more seriously than any other branch. They don’t celebrate holidays because they know their pagan origins, and don’t vote because they believe man cannot govern himself.

You seem to have jumped to conclusions instead of reading it again. If you do, you would see that what you say so bluntly to me is just what I was suggesting — Christians need to be more tolerant of non-Christians.

Also, as a future wildlife biologist, I would also like to ask everyone to become more aware about the effect your actions have on the environment, and maybe support a wildlife conservation group. I myself am a proud Defenders of Wildlife supporter.

Michael Herman
Attend a meeting

To the editor:

In Lacey Peterson’s article (Dec. 19) about the school board recall drive in Groveland, the president of the Big Oak Flat-Groveland School District, Lillian Cravens, called the advocates of the recall — who include the majority of teachers and staff in the district, almost all of the students attending Tioga High School and their parents — “libelists.”

If the school board has this low of an opinion of many of its teachers, staff members, students, parents, and administrators, can it be effective? When the superintendent comes to a rural school board meeting accompanied by two off-duty sheriff’s deputies, can she be an effective?

Attend the next school board meeting and see for yourselves how the board’s constituents are treated.

Would you want a school board treating your district’s teachers, students, parents, and administrators this way?

Robert D. Wilson
Valenzuela City
(Robert Wilson is a retired district school teacher and the father of three children attending district schools).
Antichrist nature

To the editor:

How can Rick Warren a professed man of Jesus bless a documented pro-abortionist?

In his book, “A Purpose Driven Life,” he professes pro-life sentiment as Jesus certainly would, but now he is willing to bless our next pro-abortion President. It shows the antichrist nature of the so-called church has reached fulfillment. Please Mr. Warren, quit writing books you do not believe in. If unborn children are not worthy
of life, then why do I have two premature grandchildren who are now and were, pre-birth, made in the image
of God?

Hitler decided certain groups were unworthy of life. Should we too subscribe to this purpose?

Alan and Kathy Rubinstein

Signing fees

To the editor: 

I see one of the many new laws passed this year establishes a fee for an officer to sign off a fix-it ticket. How about if we are charged a fee when we sign the ticket in the first place?

Gary Mier