Originally Published: July 16, 2002 6:15 p.m.
'Big Brother' is too intrusive in lives
A July 7 Associated Press report quotes a Maricopa County attorney as saying marijuana consumption "should be a felony because the Legislature said it should be."
What if those clowns said it should be a capital offense?
I have never tried the stuff. I have gotten by "following the rules and working a little harder than the next person," but I surely resent "Big Brother" telling me what I can't try. That's why I am a registered Libertarian. And I will surely vote yes on Prop. 203, which lowers marijuana penalties.
Philip A. Callaghan
Check the Constitution for 'God' references
In his July 7 letter "Is the Constitution unconstitutional too?" Stephen Frakes stated that "it (the Constitution) lists 'God' eight to nine times." Mr. Frakes is mistaken. The world "God" does not appear in the Constitution of the United States, including its amendments. Our public library has a copy of the text of our Constitution and you can find it online in many places, including http://www.house.gov/Consti-tution/Constitution.html and http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_-hall/charters_of_freedom/constitution/consti-tution_transcription.html, as published by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, respectively.
God by any other name might not answer
An interesting idea by Ms. Adonna Weatherly (Letters July 4), "He (God) is the same spiritual deity…regardless of what He is called by different groups." Don't misunderstand, you can call "God" anything you like, it doesn't matter to me, but if you called me "Bob" I wouldn't answer. That's not my name.
Perhaps the Creator of Heaven and Earth and every living thing can afford to be more gracious than I. Still, I wonder. Are they really all the same God? Is Allah, the god who advocates the murder of innocent women and children (Koran 8:38-40;9:14), the same as Jesus who said the greatest commandment is to love God and the second to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40)?
If they're the same, why is the revelation in the Koran so contrary to the revelation in the Bible? Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by me (John 14:6)." You may want to get to heaven but you won't get there heading away from it. Even if you really, really, wanted to go to Flagstaff, you couldn't get there by heading for Ensenada. You wouldn't even get there by heading for Phoenix. Truth is, by nature, exclusive. Two plus two must always be four. It can never be five, or three, even for extremely large or small values of two.
I know that doesn't sound very inclusive, it certainly isn't tolerant. But tolerance doesn't mean I have to admit you're right, only that you have the right to be wrong. And I believe you're wrong. If this hurts, I'm sorry, but the truth only hurts when its supposed to.
Supes should practice what they preach
Kate King's June 28 column "Drought brings Watering Woes" was well written and to the point.
It was also ironic that on the preceding page, the M-3 Company was announcing the opening of sales for their American Ranch on Williamson Valley Road. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved the pumping of precious well water to fill their new "lake on the American Ranch development."
These are the same supervisors who say we have "drought conditions" and are concerned about the Verde River flow! They have me totally confused! Maybe Arthur Andersen has been doing their water audits after he was finishing helping the Baptist Credit Union, Enron and WorldCom! Collusion or confusion? They are your elected leaders and it is "Your Precious Water!" What's next from them, a water park at the rodeo grounds?
Robert W. Buzzard