Letters to the editor: Issue of Nov. 14, 2014

Stop speed limit increase

If you haven’t noticed the speed limit has increased in two sections of Pomerado Road, and could be raised soon in others, from 35 mph to 40 mph near Rancho Bernardo Road (in front of a church) and from 45 mph to 50 mph where Grandee Road crosses Pomerado Road (entrance to an elementary school). Keep in mind there are school bus stops, bicyclists and pedestrians, and multiple cross streets without streetlights.

Your opinion matters. The speed limit could be reduced back to the original limits. The planning board will hear community input on this topic at their next meeting on November 21 at 7 p.m. at the RB Swim & Tennis Club. Please attend and be heard. If you cannot make the meeting, please send your comments to the Traffic Committee Chair Robin Kaufman at Rbns1Nest@aol.com.

Steve Reyno, Rancho Bernardo

Progress marches on

It’s not often Dick Lyles gets something right, but he sure proved his point this time (“A problem larger than the Obamacare tragedy” (Oct. 31).

Lyles uses his rant on the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and the election of President Obama to illustrate just how ignorant the American electorate really is. He trots out all the Republican talking points, and in the process conclusively proves that a significant portion of voters are bewildered and delusional. Our right-wing fringe is flapping so far out in the breeze it’s wrapped halfway round the flagpole.

Lyles fails to understand the fundamental reason why a comprehensive reform of our healthcare system is needed. He fails to understand how the ACA implements that reform. And he fails to understand the complexity of tackling such difficult problems.

Of course, out on the right-wing fringe it’s always difficult to tell whether failures are due to cognitive limitations or a willful refusal to deviate from the intellectual straitjacket of ideology. The rigidity of the right-wing mindset is so calcified and brittle that every innovation is threatening. But progress marches on regardless, Obamacare is the law of the land, and we’re going to make it work despite the mewling of unreconstructed relics.

Gerold Firl, Poway

Thanks to volunteers

The sixth annual Once Upon a Hallowe’en in Old Poway Park on Sunday, Oct. 27 was a resounding success, thanks in no small part to its many supporters and volunteers. Upwards of 2,000 guests strolled through the park during the three-hour-long event, visiting the Haunted House, playing carnival games, riding the locomotive, listening to scary stories, watching zombies dance and exploring a replica of the Ectomobile from Ghostbusters! People’s Choice winners of the Carved Pumpkin Contest were Lynn Wolsey taking first place; Emily Gallego, second place; and Terry Hayes, third place.

We send a heartfelt thank you to the following individuals and organizations for their financial and physical support: Jeff Carr/Apache Canyon Gang, Boy Scouts of America Troop 608, Carlos Cerpa, Girl Scouts of America Troop 8269, Dave Grosch, Donna Hayes, Lynn Wolsey Designs, Miss Poway Court, Mt. Carmel High School Key Club, Poway Arts & Crafts Guild, Poway Historical & Memorial Society, Poway High School Key Club, Poway–Midland Railroad volunteers, Poway Real Estate Professionals, Poway Woman’s Club, Rick Salazar, Charles Johnson/San Diego Folk Heritage, Shadow River Regulators, the Pheil family, Thriller Dancers, Twin Peaks Middle School Builders Club, John Wismont, Alison Wolsey, Mark Zetler and the City of Poway staff and reserve park rangers. Without their participation, this event would not have been possible.

Lynn Wolsey, Event chair

U.S. is Christian

Once again the atheists and terrorists want to tear a cross down, this time it’s ground zero of the Twin Towers.

Our president said, “We are no longer a Christian nation.”

We are a Christian nation. We also are a nation of deep faith.

American Indians believed in God before we arrived on their soil, the Spanish conquistadors brought their religion with them to the new world, Europeans came to escape persecution in their religious beliefs as did the Jews.

You say our country is not founded on the belief in God? Then read up on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln, to name a few. We are an ocean that can not be dried up, our waves touch every shore around the world. Critics may win some battles with their attorneys to take away some of our symbols, but they are only part of us. Our faith is in our heart and soul and beyond that.

Communism did not destroy Christianity or the Jewish faith from their peoples’ souls, it only lay dormant. I pray for you who have so much hate and fear of religion, may you find peace.

Alice Arnold. Poway

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15 Comments for “Letters to the editor: Issue of Nov. 14, 2014”

  1. Amy Roost

    Alice, I respect your right to your beliefs and choice of religion. But, again respectfully, a belief in God and Christianity are not the same thing. That's just for starters. I might add that no where in our nation's charter–the Constitution–does it say we are a Christian nation, though some may argue it is implied. The establishment clause gives us the right to believe whatever we want, free from government's imposition of a state religion.

    • Frank

      Alice wrote nothing about the US Constitution visa vie Christianity. She also wrote nothing that would imply that she thinks God and Christianity are the same thing.

      When someone states, as she did, that "We (the US) are a Christian nation", they generally mean that most Americans identify themselves as Christians. About 75% of adult Americans identify themselves as Christians. Another 4% identify themselves with other, non-Christian religions. Of those that identify themselves with some religion, about 95% identify with Christianity. Americans also generally regard the founding political philosophy and culture of America as being predominantly impacted by Christian ideals, morality, and character. BTW – Christian-like ideals and morality are not exclusive to Christianity.

      Also, what Obama actually said in a 2006 speech was "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
      It's not a smooth delivery, but there's no question about what he meant. He did not say that we are no longer a Christian nation at all, nor did he say or imply that we are no longer a predominantly Christian nation.

      The supreme law of the land does not "give us our right…". Under law, It protects individual rights and liberties that we already have.

      • Amy Roost

        Thank you for that literal reading of Alice's comments, Frank. Maybe we should ask her what she meant to imply? My reading of her line "American Indians believed in God" suggest that she's made a connection somehow to the native American's god and the Christian god. Obviously, they're not on in the same, therefore we should not use the native American's belief system of evidence that we are a Christian nation.

        You are, again literally, accurate. The Bill of Rights don't "give us" our rights…they acknowledge their a priori existence and serve to codify and protect those rights. Specifically, the rights of the minority, in this case the 25% of Americans who do not identify themselves as Christians.

        • Frank

          Ha! – you managed to slip in a subtle dig there at the end – like the 25% non-Christian minority of Americans need to have their rights protected from the Christian majority. NOT! – and you well know it. You were jesting…

          For those of you just arriving to the planet for the first time, The Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc. are protections and guarantees (or at least laws providing redress and remedy) against government – not against benign religious affiliations and non governing entities that have no power or authority to take away or restrict anything involving citizen rights and liberties

          • Amy Roost

            You are seriously projecting, Frank. No dig was intended.

            The Founders believed in natural rights theory, which holds that rights come from nature or from God, and cannot justly be taken away without consent. Therefore, the majority has no legitimate power to vote away or otherwise abridge the natural rights of political, ethnic, religious, or other minorities.

            James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 10, “the great danger in republics is that the majority will not respect the rights of minority.” President Thomas Jefferson proclaimed in his first inaugural address, “All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate which would be oppression.”

  2. RealtyCheckConfirmed

    Gerold – Honest to goodness if your letter isn't the pot calling the kettle black. Just substitute left wing whackadoodle for Republican right wing and you'd have the same argument hurled at you. Somewhere between you, Amy Roost, and Dick Lyles comfortably rests the rational mind.

    • Tom Yarnall

      I don't think Amy and Gerold are of the same character. I do not agree with Amy's ideology, but I do believe she makes her arguments in a respectful manner. Contrast that to Gerold who relies on disrespectful rhetoric to make his point. I am not sure Amy would agree with his tactics.
      They both have the same end point. That being a humongous government is the answer to all problems.

  3. Gosh, it grieves me to even partially agree with Amy, but she is (mostly) correct.

    That said, even as an Atheist I oppose removal of Christian crosses, or Christmas in schools, or the Ten Commandments from anywhere. Those are all traditional, because from the days of the Pilgrims who escaped the Church of England, first to the Holland, then temporarily back to England before departing for Virginia, Christianity has been the dominant religion. (The Pilgrims missed Virginia and landed in Massachusetts.)

    The Pilgrims were certainly Christians, but between 1620 and the Constitutional Convention (seven generations), many residents were NOT Christians — there were Jews, and Deists and Atheists (probably others) — so the Founding documents not only did not establish a National Religion, they specifically denied a State Religion as was MORE common in Europe.

    Just as a historical note, the Pilgrims were SERIOUSLY devout Christians, but follow-on ships from England brought the much less devout, one of whom set up a May Pole on his land just north of Plymouth, where he and his servants danced (gasp!) and consorted with Indian women. The Governor led a raiding party that destroyed the farm and shipped the owner and servants back to England. As I say, the Pilgrims were SERIOUSLY devout.

    W need to cut each other more slack on the subject of religion or lack, thereof.

  4. guest

    Gerold and Amy are of the same character. Liberal clowns.

  5. mattysb

    *Coughs loudly at Alice* President Obama never actually said “We are no longer a Christian nation”.

  6. guest

    Hey Gerold, your president lied and he made a very weak attempt of an apology. Its okay for you to apologize too. Feel free. We are waiting.

  7. guest

    The massive obamacare lies of the century are absolutely sickening. It is abundantly obvious that obamacare will not work but it was not intended to work. Obamacare has three goals. Increase taxes on the middle class, increase pork spending, and then its ultimate demise…. leading us into a single payer system.

    Obamacare was planned to never work, rather its a tool to funnel the sheeple into the real goal of absolute government control. Some politicians should be imprisoned over this scam.

    • Frank

      Relax. Obama's complete incompetence in all aspects of the presidency has him, along with his henchmen, providing America with a substantial, stinging inoculation against liberalism, socialism, communism, political graft, government tyranny and deceit, etc. The man is beginning to exhaust the poor pooch.

      The Karl Marx Brothers running Freedonia, DC, are playing out their Duck Soup remake with uncanny inanity.

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