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Where is God?There are many who can't understand the rapidly escalating deadly school violence, which was unheard of years ago. We offer the following dialog for consideration:

Let's see, in 1947 Earl Warren's activist U.S. Supreme Court overturned 170 years of God having a preeminence in our public and most of our private lives by coming up for the first time with a catchy phrase "Separation of Church and State." Many searched fervently to find any of these three words in the First Amendment, which states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." So we said, I guess it's OK. After all, they're the smartest men in our land.

Let's see, I think the next happening was when Madeline Murray O'Hair complained she didn't want any prayer in our schools. And we said, OK, I guess.

Then, someone said you better not display the Ten Commandments or read the Bible in school, the Bible that says, "thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself," because someone might be influenced by them. And we said, I guess it's OK. Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem. And we said, an expert should know what he is talking about so we won't spank them anymore.

Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And the school administrators said, no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued. And we accepted their reasoning.

Then, in another U.S. Supreme Court decision, they said it is now going to become legal for our women to kill their unborn babies for any reason. We said I guess that's OK since you've said that it's really not a baby but only a fetus and you are the smartest group in our land.

Then someone said, let's let our pregnant teen-age girls have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents. And we said, that's a grand idea.

Then someone said let's print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body. And we said, we have no problem with that. And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making them available on the Internet. And we said, everyone's entitled to free speech.

And the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex. And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide and satanic themes. And we said, it's just entertainment and it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, and why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, classmates or even themselves. And we said it's not the children who are at fault here it's the guns so let's work at overturning the Second Amendment and eventually outlaw guns except for the government. And in the meantime let's have metal detectors at the doors of all schools and a permanent police presence there. And we said, I guess that's the only solution.

Undoubtedly, if we thought about it long and hard enough, we could figure it out. I'm sure it has a great deal to do with "we reap what we sew."

GOD help us all although He might easily reply, it's against the law for me to be present in your Public Life.

Ron and Lois Pollard

Steamboat Springs

Public commentsAn article in (the March 30) paper regarding the planning commission says it all. One resident showed up to give input regarding the proposed Routt County Master Plan. Why only one person? Because for the most part, we as a society do not believe that our input matters.

What makes people feel this way? The actions of our "representatives." Public comments are just that usually, public comments.

We surveyed the residents of the city in 1999 to see how we felt about the rate of growth in the area. Eighty percent of people surveyed thought we needed some controls on growth. What happened? Nothing. Growth exploded in 2000, and continues.

Mobile home residents wish to preserve their mobile home parks from sale. So they want the city to zone them as such. Will the city do this? No. Will the city expand the ice rink facilities and put the city in debt without asking the voters for approval? Yes, they are accepting bids for work to be done. Could we be using that money instead for wildland fire efforts, a charter school in north Routt, water and wastewater treatment, fire trucks, road repair, preserving open space, expansion on infrastructure? Yes. Will we? No. Will the gravel pit near Milner receive approval? Yes. Did the city not try to tax the county residents illegally (taxation without representation) under the "DDA" proposal?

What is the root of all this? Money, hidden agendas and the human ego. Have you ever known a politician to admit they were wrong? They will not publicly admit they were wrong because it will give the voters the impression that they don't know what they are doing! What about the voters in California and Colorado who voted for legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes? Our government is trying to oppress the will of the voters because they say they know better! That is not a good reason. They just don't want to admit that the war on drugs is wrong, not working and totally immoral.

The government is trying to override the will of the people in this supposed free country. Why? Because the people with the money make the agendas in this country. Poor, stupid voters do not control the money supply, hence we cannot make the rules. Remember the golden rule, "He who has the gold makes the rules"!!!

I have two friends that have been going through the "planning process" for two years to build a pre-fab home on a lot they own. This city is so possessed by money, my friends cannot step foot into their house 'til they finish their landscaping! Who is being helped out here? A resident, or the property value? It seems that their property value is worth more to the city than a roof over their heads! Does that even make sense that people are being denied the ability to live on their own land and finish landscaping at their own pace according to their budget?

How are the city officials helping people to live in this city? They are not. Rules and regulations are in effect in our town that hinder peoples lives so investors can make more money in our pretty little city. If we stood up and tried to stop this type of nonsense, do you think things would change? I would hope so, but will they? Probably not.

So why did only one person show up to talk to our city? Because they simply refuse to hear what we have to say.

Dennis Howard

Steamboat Springs

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