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America! God made it. Christopher Columbus discovered it. The pilgrims settled it. The Indians and our forefathers fought for it. Our Revolutionary volunteers freed it from English control and the Civil War made us a nation free from oppressive slavery.

Our nation, "the land that we love," has prevailed and emerged victorious against every nation that has ever tried to defile or defeat us since that eventful day in 1492 when "Columbus sailed the ocean blue!"

Throughout American history, "United We Stand," and "In God We Trust," has been our motto, our strength and our shield.

When the American Civil Liberties Union, which should rename itself to read Anti Christ Liberal Union, finds fault with our senior centers offering a prayer of thanksgiving before our noon meals, it should consider burning all American currency and throwing away their coins.

They always have, and always will, bear the emblem "In God We Trust"… that is, after it buys its people one-way tickets to Iran, or some other pagan nation in the world.

It must be torturous for ACLU people to be carrying all of that "propaganda" around in their purses and billfolds, while trying to compromise this great nation that we love, "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

United we stand, and may God bless America!

Bud Johnson

Prescott Valley

America's electric utilities

scrimped on maintenance

EDITOR:

Cal Thomas noted that President Bush said the power blackout "was a 'wake-up call,'" and that Tom DeLay promises that we will now get that long-awaited energy policy, which includes drilling for oil in Alaska and energy independence.

Problem is, Bush's energy plan to benefit corporate America had nothing to do with the blackout. It was because of corporate failure to maintain transmission lines. Even the conservative Wall Street Journal reported that a likely source of the blackout was American Electric Power Co., "which scrimped on maintenance spending at its Ohio utilities" (according to an internal report by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission).

According to the Journal, "From 1992 through 2001, the company spent $88.5 million less on maintaining its existing power-delivery equipment than it had told the commission it needed and then collected the higher amount from customers through their monthly power bills." 

An AEP spokesman said AEP "always spends whatever amount is necessary to do its duty under the law." That's the key statement in the Journal's story and is typical of today's corporate morality. Corporations believe that they can cut costs to the legal limit, even if it means significant risk to the public.

The amount of risk they're willing to take relates directly to the amount of money they can make for the corporation's investors and high-level executives – sometimes even if it means going beyond the legal limit.

Conservatives such as President Bush and Tom DeLay always oppose government oversight and regulations because they may prevent corporations from doing that very thing. And that's why liberals see the need for sensible governmental oversight, even though it may reduce the outrageously-high income of top corporate executives and investors.

Charles M. Kelly

Prescott

Editorial criticizing ACLU

nothing short of shameful

EDITOR:

It's possible to sum up your Aug. 25 editorial, "ACLU looks like the winner this time" in one word: "shameful."

As usual, the Daily Courier expresses its conservative, right-wing bias, but goes one step further by espousing a view that actually runs counter to the doctrine it has traditionally embraced. The editorial expresses blatant disregard for the basic rule of law upon which this country was based.

We are a country of laws. Some we may agree with and some we may not. We must have respect for our courts, however, lest we see our society disintegrate into lawlessness and chaos.

Rather than take issue with the federal court judge who correctly issued his ruling, the Appellate Court panel that refused to overturn it or the U.S. Supreme Court that decided to not intervene, the Daily Courier expresses its disgust at the ACLU. Why? Is it because the conservative majority on the high court clearly understands the law and its decision cannot be questioned, thus leaving the ACLU as a convenient target?

You insult the intelligence of your readers (at least those who understand the issues) by advocating such positions and attempting to label organizations with which you may disagree as convenient scapegoats.

Judge Moore's blatant and willful disregard for the law and the responsibilities he has as a sitting judge is the only issue here worthy of discussion. No man is above the law, especially if he is a judge. To blame the ACLU for Judge Moore's decision to disregard the law is sadly misguided. He deserves whatever punishment he ultimately receives.

Robert Taylor

Prescott

YC officials have been

asleep at the switch

EDITOR:

Mark Duncan's Aug. 25 column should be a wake-up call to all taxpayers in Yavapai County. I would add two things to his brilliant commentary.

One, college president Doreen Dailey is an effective fundraiser, as are most politicians. How long before the double-talk starts?

Two, if the college can't figure out its costs, what are its auditors doing right now? Is this going to become an Enron, MCI or Polaroid? Wake up, taxpayers! Who is accountable?

Allan R. Marks

Prescott