Originally Published: July 17, 2002 6:15 p.m.
Foreign nationals don't have same rights
After reading Tom Cantlon's recent missives on suspending the rights of those accused of terrorist activities and what constitutes an acceptable candidate for public office, I think he misses the boat.
The overwhelming majority of thoseor government is holding in captivity for terrorist activities are foreign nationals, not U.S. citizens. As such, they should not be entitled to the protections under our Constitution, and should be treated as prisoners of war. Where does it say that a foreign national plotting or attempting to carry out terrorist acts in the United States is entitled to a presumption of innocence? Try arguing that in Saudi Arabia or Iraq and see how far that gets you, Tom.
With respect to Jose Padilla, the man was a street thug, who fell for the lure of militant Islam while serving time in prison. After his release, he took trips abroad to the Middle East to become more indoctrinated by al-Qaida. Where did the money come from to take these trips? Travel to the Middle East is not cheap. The average Joe could not afford to do this.
This raises enough suspicion to warrant interest in this man's activities by law enforcement. If civil libertarians don't like that, I say too bad.
Parade float sent wrong message
I really enjoy the parades in Prescott, nowhere else have I found such a hometown feeling. My wife and I really enjoyed the Frontier Days parade on Saturday morning until the Potter's House Christian Center float arrived on the scene.
This was so out of place and offensive that we were astonished that they would think to portray Jesus on the cross as suffering and convulsing, when in principle He died for the love of humanity. The crucifixion of God's only son is mankind's salvation into the kingdom of heaven. The float was mortifying and stupid because Potter's House members obviously do not know the qualities Jesus taught: kindness, caring, forgiving, and most of all, the love of humanity, especially the children. What message were they sending to the children? If it horrified us, what did it do to the children watching the parade?
I believe in the American principle of freedom of expression, but let's also have some respect and caring for other people's feelings! This was sick!
Pledge lets us show our patriotism
My name is Kara Young. It has come to my attention that someone is trying to stop people from saying the Pledge of Allegiance at school and day care centers. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is one of the few things kids can do to show their patriotism.
Ten months ago, terrorists attacked our country and one of the only things people could do was say the Pledge of Allegiance. Eleven months ago people might not have cared if you tried to take away the Pledge of Allegiance. But now, when our country needs it the most, you let someone come and try to take it away from us.
I may be a kid, and you might just ignore me, but I think it is wrong for someone to say we can't say the Pledge of Allegiance when we need it the most. I mean, what ever happened to freedom of speech? I know you are trying to help our country, but I think you are just hurting it by taking away one of the few things our country has always been proud to say.
Many people have different religions, and I know some believe in different gods. And that is the reason you are trying to take away the Pledge of Allegiance – because of two words, "Under God". There are many gods and the Pledge of Allegiance does not specify which one it is talking about.
So, I ask you this, does the phrase "Under God" really hurt anyone? Is this some sort of tyranny?