<b><center>Letters to the Editor</b></center>
Conserving water vital now and in future
After reading Thatcher Bohran's letter of July 12, I felt compelled to write and agree with him about water conservation – now especially, and for the future.
It made me wonder, how old that friendly woman was (and what planet she is from).
It really upset me, because I lived through a three-and-a-half year drought in Kansas as a child. Still vivid in my memory is seeing people herd their livestock and then haul it to the railroad (six miles away), and sell it to the government for pennies on the dollar when the feed and water ran out.
Where has she been during our limited rain, snow, and recent forest fires? Also, how many years ago did she study hydrology with Del Webb? (Whose only interest was and still is development). It must have been back when Arizona became a state, and there was plenty of water.
I don't think the people in Pine, Ariz., would be happy with her either, nor am I. Maybe her water should be shut off for awhile. I wonder how long she would tolerate it.
I'm upset with all these developers, who will disappear when the water gives out; they made their money, and they couldn't care less if Arizona has run out of water.
I'm also upset with that group who claims to be Americans, but want to change everything that mentions "God," and call it unconstitutional. We should deport them to countries where they don't believe in God. Enough said!
Margaret A. Fricke
Please bring back 'Senior Forum' column
I agree with Lucille Owen, who objected to the Argus Hamilton column replacing Senior Forum, a column for "older folks."
I also have decided not to read Mr. Hamilton's column. His monologue jumps from one idea to the other. I preferred the useful information in the Senior Forum instead, which focused on one or two subjects at a time, and which related to senior issues. Please bring back Senior Forum. With such a large senior population in Prescott, there must be more people who feel this way.
I also agree with Dorothy Williamson about the July 4 parade in Prescott, on June 29. Yes, there were too many politicians and not enough marching bands. Of course, that must be because of upcoming elections, but we came to the parade to hear brass bands and see happy people on fun floats, not politicians. We hope the city gets this message.
Bin Laden can smugly watch U.S. destroy itself
I have this mental image of Osama bin Laden, sitting on a lovely Persian pillow, with a big smile on his face. After all, why send more al-Qaida operatives to the United States? He can merely sit and watch corporate America self-destruct through incompetence, dishonesty and greed. It's going to take more than fireworks and flag-waving to get this country back on a moral path.
Allegiance to nation doesn't need 'God' in pledge
Reader Stephen Frakes (Letters of July 7) made a good point about the Pledge of Allegiance. If you wish to pledge allegiance to our nation, leave out the "under God." If you wish to pledge allegiance to God, leave it in. Something for everyone.
Yes, the U.S. Constitution contains many references to "God." Given the tremendous power of the ruling English king, the framers would have been crazy to try setting themselves above him. Therefore, they chose the superior being, "God," to justify their position. However, they nowhere stipulated that our nation was subservient to God. Conversely, their repeated use of the term established the acceptability of this mythical creature in our new society. This nation was made safe for God rather than vice versa. We now have it backwards.
Before 1954, the millions of young people who gave their lives and limbs for this great nation never used the phrase "under God" in their pledge. I, for one, would not question their loyalty as Mr. Frakes does. I will continue my lifetime of pledging allegiance to my nation, wishing Mr. Frakes well in his quest for a God-pledging nation. Might I suggest Iran? Same God.
Jerome S. Bonkowski
America must look to God for healing
"God Bless America." Since 9/11, we see this phrase printed almost everywhere. I believe God has blessed this nation greatly. It also seems apparent that many in this nation have turned from God's ways. If we want to keep receiving God's blessings, He has told us how to do it. Consider II Chronicles 7:14 – "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
If we want our land "America" healed from the things making it sick, we have the prescription from the Great Physician. God leaves the decision to us, each of us and all of us.