As I recall, first it was the Ten Commandments, then the nativity scene on federal property. It proceeded as an objection to the mention of God in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Constitution as well as the mention of God on our coins. Now the yahoos are taking Christ out of Christmas, replacing it with "Happy holidays." As a result, a group of large retailers have adopted the request and made the switch. Christmas is the holiday celebrated by most everyone.
Judging from the recent spate of high-profile teacher-student sex cases, you'd think America's teachers -- especially females -- are hopelessly lusting after their students. As a mother of boys and witness to the animal kingdom in which they dwell, I confess to being baffled by the attraction, but that's a subject for another day. Meanwhile, what is going on? And what does it mean in our sexualized culture that the lines seem to be increasingly blurred between what is appropriate and what is not. Forget "normal," not that anyone remembers.
I'll say "Right on!" to Lavonne Halloran Reller for her Dec. 8 letter, critical of religion's opposition to the theory of evolution. Those who study the development of the species are just as religious as any of us. The more they study and wonder about it, the more they are convinced of the mysterious force (we call God) that has caused us to be so far advanced and less primitive than other life on earth.
Almost daily of late I see or hear something really weird or off the wall from one or another leftist-thinking person. Some of what you all seem to hope for us all is really bizarre! Now after reading the Dec. 8 letter to the editor pertaining to "the hypocrisy of conservatism," I'm left scratching my head in wonderment. First comes to my mind a quote that my dear mother would have said after reading this letter.
Aspiring stateswomen have few role models on American soil. Thus, it's an invent-as-you-go process for people such as Hillary Clinton, one of only a few women in the U.S. Senate and the most likely Democratic candidate for president in 2008. Can she become the first female commander in chief? A year ago, I would have said "no" simply because she's not a woman most men -- rationally or not -- can stand.
This is the season for peace on earth. This is the season for goodwill to all. This is the season to make peace. This is the season to spread goodwill. We all need peace; we all need goodwill. Only we can make peace on earth. Only we can extend goodwill to all. June Nelson, Spicer
A letter from Norm Baker in the Tribune on Dec. 8 stated that since 1945 the United States has paid the United Nations $30 billion. That is a period of 60 years. I just looked up on the Internet the current cost of the Iraq war. The figures kept changing in front of my eyes -- it was a running total. The total? $225 billion and counting! Somehow, the cost of war dwarfs the cost of trying to attain peace. The U.S. is underpaying its fair share to the U.N.
I don't know if anyone does time capsules anymore, but if they do I suggest that a DVD of the George Clooney movie "Syriana" be included. I'm not sure it tells you much about today's America -- not as much as an iPod, for instance, or a clip from "Entertainment Tonight" -- but it sure tells you something about Hollywood and how it never made the transition to color. When it comes to politics, many of its people -- including movie critics -- still see things in black and white.
The effort by some cable TV hosts and ministers to force commercial establishments into wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas" might be more objectionable to the One who is the reason for the season than the "Happy Holidays" mantra required by some store managers. I have never understood why so many Christians feel the need to see and hear "Merry Christmas" proclaimed to them at stores by people who may not believe its central message.
SAN DIEGO -- The minute I saw the harrowing video of the scaffold caught up in high winds and crashing into a Denver office building 12 stories above the ground -- with two terrified window washers hanging on for dear life -- I just knew that when the time came to get the men's statements, we'd need a translator who spoke Spanish. Maybe it's because Denver is one of those U.S. cities with a substantial immigrant population, both legal and illegal.