Soundoff for Feb. 27

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Interesting fact

Astronomer Jimmy Westlake tells us that Subaru is the Japanese term for the star cluster we know as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. That explains the star cluster logo on the grille ornament of one of Steamboat's most popular cars.

Correct step

At about 5 p.m. Feb. 15, the City Council meeting that included the base area emergency moratorium ordinance began. By an interesting coincidence, just about an hour before this meeting began, the city planning department received two major base area projects pre-application conference requests. I think the moratorium is a necessary step, and it would have given the city government the time it needs had it been 90 days as originally discussed, instead of the 45 days that Councilwoman Kathy Connell wanted.

Show me where

After reading what the naysayers wrote in the Feb. 20 Steamboat Pilot about the Gideons, I'll put up my challenge here as I did on the Reader's Forum:

I defy anyone to find in the Constitution exactly where it says that church and state are to stay separate. Using those exact words, find for me where it says that exact phrase. Maybe I'm reading the wrong document, but I can't find that anywhere. In fact, the First Amendment says specifically: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." No law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. How does anyone get "no religion in public schools" from that?

Don't be negative

I would have preferred if you had asked are you not upset that a religious group was allowed to display Bibles at the middle school. You always go negative. I never understand that from you all.

Dowd is ridiculous

Maureen Dowd's column is the most biased and ridiculous that I've ever read, and I never finish reading it. What a waste of print. Get someone else who is not so biased and quit printing her.

Help town streets

I'd like to comment about the article about the Oak Creek health insurance. I know that, health insurance just keeps going up and that's unfortunate. But the same article talks about how to provide street access for five homes for the housing authority. The town needs to improve all its roads, its old roads, first. The roads there now are in terrible condition.

Don't encourage it

I wanted to comment about Tuesday's paper that had two pictures of dogs off leash, in violation of our law. There are so many people who violate the leash law who create problems for other people in our community. I think it's sad that you publish pictures of people breaking the law. Maybe you can publish pictures of people smoking pot or driving drunk, too.

Good work, chief

I would like to thank the town of Oak Creek for finally adding a professional to the Oak Creek Police Department. I recently found myself involved in an unfortunate incident, and when I called for the police, Chief Guy Farnan responded. This was my first interaction with him, and not only did he conduct himself in a professional manner, he was amiable, compassionate and considerate. I was truly impressed with the way he handled the incident. Should I ever be in need of an officer again, I would not hesitate to request that Chief Farnan respond.

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