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Both Norm Shroll and Dawn Doyle need to go back and re-read my letter. They missed the point.First, Ms. Doyle, I respect your beliefs no matter what, try to respect mine. The people who read their Bible (the Koran) and did Sept. 11 interpreted their Bible with hate toward Americans, that is fanaticism. That’s what my letter cited.The Bible you and I read (King James edition of the New Testament) is an accurate historical biography of the life of Jesus. In politics, we can all three sit in the same room and watch our president make a speech. We could watch it on Fox, MSNBC, and CNN. An hour later we could discuss the speech. I’m willing to bet none of us would agree on what he said. Adding a 2,000-year-old text to this will clear already muddied waters right up, I’m sure. That’s scarcest, Ms. Doyle, don’t mistake it.Mr. Shroll states that “In God we trust” and the word “god” have been removed from our courthouses, schools and currency. Wrong.In the early 1990s, the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit to remove the words “In God we trust” from currency. It was dismissed by a federal judge on grounds that it is not a religious phrase. The Foundation appealed, but in 1996 the Supreme Court refused to hear it, claiming the issue was de minimus.In 2000, Michael Newdow of Sacramento sued the local school district for removal of the words “under God” from the pledge. Initially it went his way, but in 2002 the Supreme Court ruled Newdow “lacked standing to sue because he didn’t have custody of his daughter on whose behalf he brought the suit.” He has brought suit again, but nothing has been ruled, so the words remain.The ACLU is suing courthouses on a case-by-case basis, to remove religious articles based on the First Amendment with success.The word “god” is sectarian with respect to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. In theory, if we named God “Bob” or something, no problem would exist.Try Google.Brad GatesNew Castle

An article written by some AP sportswriter told Michael Phelps to move over. It said (quote), “Which is more impressive: 8 gold medals and seven world records, or Bolt leaving no doubt that he’s the fastest man?” I found it rather upsetting that anybody would think Bolt’s feat was comparable to Michael Phelps’. Bolt won two gold medals and set two world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter. The only thing great about that, however, is that no one has set those two records at the same time. Phelps set seven world records, an Olympic record, and won eight gold medals. This breaks Mark Spitz’s record which has held for 36 years (this is three times as long as the record Bolt broke in the 200-meter). I’d also like to point out that the events Bolt ran took a minuscule amount of thought compared to what Michael Phelps swam. Have you ever swam a perfect 400 IM? It takes immense endurance, strategy, and skill to be able to take advantage of your best stroke no matter where it is, whether it is pushing your fly in the very beginning or speeding up your breast. Sure, Bolt is the fastest runner, but is he the best runner? Coach Damon always says sprinters are a dime a dozen. Can he run the mile, too, or maybe the marathon, or how about the hurdles? I’d like to see him try. That’s what Phelps did. He’s the best. Maybe someone else can swim faster in the 50 meter, but no one can win so many events in the pool or any other sport.Clara ThorsenGlenwood Springs


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