Shrine wouldn't bother Founding Fathers
Re: the July 3 guest column "'A' Mountain's religious shrine needs to be moved."
I don't think the Founding Fathers had this type of thing in mind when they spoke of separation of church and state. Let's not forget that in those days, in many European countries, the church held a stranglehold over the populace and were usually complicit in suppressing said populace.
I loved the councilman's comment that some people need to get a life. The most sensible thing a politician has said in many a moon.
Retired, Green Valley
Speak up for another 237 years of freedom
July 4 was the 237th birthday of the independence of our United States. It is especially important that with all the celebrating and fireworks we remember what this day is all about.
We must remember, as the Declaration of Independence states, "Certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men (and women), deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
We the people need to give our consent - to be spied upon by our own government (even if it's trying to protect us), spying on our allies and our enemies and contributing billions of dollars of financial and military aid to countries such as Syria and Egypt.
We need to speak up and let our voices be heard if we want any chance to have another 237 years of freedom.
For strong nation, respect opposing views
The Supreme Court rulings concerning gays has brought out so many very strong feelings that I don't see any good resulting if those on both sides of this issue do not respect the feelings of those opposed to their own feelings. Every lash can have a backlash.
As long as those on either side are not happy until there is complete unilateral capitulation, we will never have a cohesive society. We are a country of more than 300 million people. Let's not think every group, or any one group, will always be satisfied without having a dictatorship that favors one side over others.
We must be able to compromise or reap the harvest that such a slippery slope sows. Let us not forget, our enemies around the world watch with glee as we weaken ourselves with inner turmoil.
Illegal marijuana a 76-year-old mistake
Re: the June 30 article "Marijuana's march toward mainstream."
Marijuana was a commercial cash crop in the United States from the early 1700s until 1937. It was a lawful self-administered botanical remedy for all that time. There is no known lethal dose and the only chronic illness associated with its use is bronchitis. Jamaica National Health data show no correlation between lifelong cannabis use and other diseases.
Marijuana is not addictive, producing neither tolerance nor withdrawal symptoms. Effects vary so much by individual that 16 percent of street driving test subjects actually scored better under its influence. British government studies on cannabis prohibition in 1898 showed that it would be costly, ineffective and eventually counterproductive.
Despite that, cannabis prohibition was enacted in the United States starting in 1937, in response to a vigorous but totally false propaganda campaign. It is long since time to correct that mistake.
David P. Vernon
Cost of border security should be considered
Much has been said about the costs with regard to illegal immigrants, such as health care, welfare, education and a host of other costs paid for with taxpayer money. How many people out there realize the costs associated with border security? Just consider the Border Patrol. These people are used on shifts 24/7, vehicles are provided and have to be maintained. Fences require continued maintenance and construction. Add up the cost of virtual fences, blimps and even drones used to patrol our border.
The question I have is whether anybody can produce how much the illegal immigrants cost us taxpayers compared to the tax dollars spent for the things mentioned above. Those things will be ongoing indefinitely, so if spending our tax dollars is so important, we should be informed on which way we spend the most.
Retired, Sierra Vista