<b><center>Letters to the Editor</b></center>
Is the Constitution unconstitional too?
If the recent Ninth District Court decision stating that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because of the phrase "under God" is true, then it would make the U.S. Constitution itself unconstitutional, for as I remember, it lists "God," eight to nine times, as is probably true of the constitutions of every state in the nation.
This also would make all of our currency unconstitutional because it says "In God We Trust."
I am proud of my country for its achievements and our freedoms, but some people have forgotten what our country has gone through to become the great nation that it is. But so many in the "in" society have become me, me, me. I am glad to protect the rights of the individual no matter his beliefs, but when it infringes of the rights of the majority, there's a problem.
An atheist, who wants to force his views upon the majority, brought this about. This great country is based on fighting for the freedoms of choice, speech, religion, etc. If an individual doesn't believe in "God" and doesn't want to say "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, he has the right to not verbalize it. The Pledge should come from the heart.
It also makes me wonder where in these times, this type of person's loyalties actually lie; to take the matter to this extent, if it upsets him so much, then he can go live elsewhere.
Stephen E. Frakes
We all should prepare for debate about fires
Now is the time – before the smoke settles, and while the right, left and middle are calling out "Let's fix this forest so that never happens again…"
Before we jump on our multi-colored horses and ride off in all directions, let us properly prepare by a thorough reading of "Filters Against Folly" by Garrett Hardin, Professor Emeritus of Human Ecology at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Two statements about this book from its cover – "How to survive despite economists, ecologists and the merely eloquent" and "Cuts through fuzzy thinking to get to the heart of the issues" … should be read by both conservatives and liberals. The book is in several libraries here in Prescott, it's not thick and the paperback was under $10.
Linus Heydon, M.S.
Atheism may win spot as religion by default
My problem with striking God out of everything in the schools and government is that atheism then becomes the state religion by default. Atheists will try to counter-argue that theirs is not a religion, but this is not true.
Atheism is a very real and valid belief system and deserves no special protection under the law. Notice how passionately atheists fight for their religion – as passionately as Christians, Muslims, and others fight for theirs.
Photo elongation a cause for concern
For the past year or so, I have noted the pictures you print with your news stories have been distorted. Case in point, the Local/State section of the Sunday, June 30 paper, the large picture of Katie Hill and Kenni Brook Decker, outgoing 2002 Frontier Days royalty. The picture is squashed in horizontally, giving the young ladies elongated faces. I know these lovely young ladies do not actually look like that.
In the left column of the same page is a picture of Judy Burgess, who is running for a seat in legislative District 4. Now I have personally known Judy for nearly the entire 42 years she and I have lived in Yavapai County and that picture looks nothing like her because of the same type of distortion. This same distortion is apparent in nearly every photo reproduction throughout the entire paper.
In this day of marvelous technology, for the life of me, I cannot understand how your editors have allowed these distortions to go on so long.
To allow these distorted pictures into print is a disservice to your readers and an affront to those whose images you have distorted. Please get it fixed.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: For the past five years, the Courier, as well as most newspapers in the country, began shrinking its page size slightly horizontally to conserve newsprint. Although the industry is trying to find alternative materials for making newsprint, conservation measures are necessary to assure future supplies.)
Yavapai College flies the U.S. flag incorrectly
I should not have to write this letter, but around June 1, the American flag flown in the main entrance at Yavapai College has been flying on the wrong flag pole, alongside the state flag. As you must know, the American flag should fly on the right as we look out from the front of the building to the street and the state flag is to the left – always.
I do hope someone in power at the college will correct this mistake soon, as I am angry that people have overlooked this mistake for so long.