Letters to the Editor

August 27, 1998

You be the judge

To the editor:

Comments on the Circuit Judge nominees:

We the taxpayers and voters must retain our right to vote for our judges. We pay their salaries therefore we need to be the ones who elect them to serve our justice system. For the people and by the people.

My belief is that there should not be a slate presented to the voters. Many people will be led to believe they have to vote for both of these candidates when in fact they do not have to.

Each candidate must stand on his own record of service in any given position. When you promise to serve the public you must be held accountable on your own deeds of service, good or bad. No one should be asked to have a coattail rider. Who's hanging onto who? You be the judge.


Gary Unger


Concern for kids

To the editor:

Mary Wilfong has worked hard to improve education for the students in the Washington County school system. She understands the challenges and will work diligently to develop and implement solutions that are practical and for the best interests of the students and taxpayers. She understands budget constraints and how to get the most for a dollar spent.

Wilfong is co-owner of a successful local business. She is involved in the day to day operations in the budgeting and financial accountability aspects of the business. She will spend our tax dollars wisely.

Wilfong understands how difficult it is to pay taxes. She also has a genuine concern for the education of the students of our Washington County school system.

Wilfong knows our young people will be the future employers, employees, community leaders, government officials, professionals and they will determine the future for our community. She believes they deserve the best education the community can afford.

I have known and worked with Wilfong for more than 20 years. I believe she has concern for our young people and the taxpayers. She will help find and implement solutions that will result in high quality education for our school students at an affordable cost to the taxpayers.

Mary Wilfong deserves your serious consideration when you select our new school board.

Duane May


We should take control

To the editor:

Praises to Jeanette Rutledge, and her request for the posting of the Ten Commandments at the county courthouse.

It's time we Americans make a stand for what is right. We are one nation under God. I quote, "That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator." The definition of creator according to Websters dictionary is "God."

The moral and spiritual condition of this country is decaying, and we Americans, like Rutledge, must not lose sight of the values, and truths that built this country. Remember that "evil flourishes when good men do nothing," and "governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed - that whenever any form of government becomes destructive these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government."

Rutledge is correct, "We cannot ignore God," for God is rooted in the heritage of our country. In our Constitution's first paragraph "We the peopleestablish justice, insure domestic tranquility, promote for common defense, promote the general welfare and secure blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity."

Let us remember ourselves and posterity, forget the "me" attitude, and stand on values and truths that stand the test of time.

In the First Amendment (used to justify separation of church and state) we have completely misconstrued "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" which in its true form was meant to protect people from Congress imposing one religion on us like the King of England did to his people.

Since this is an issue of God and how we should deal with the fundamental principles and values, the more appropriate amendment would be Amendment No. 7, "Issues should be determined by the rules of common law." Common law, according to Steven H. Gifis, associate Ph.d. of law Rutgers State University of New Jersey, "Generally derived from principles not rules: it does not consist of absolute, fixed and inflexible rules, but rather of broad and comprehensive principles based on justice, reason, and common sense."

Our forefathers believed so strongly in godly principles they pledged their lives, future and sacred honor on it and signed their death warrant, the Declaration of Independence.

So Jeanette Rutledge, you are a ray of light in the hope American will rediscover the values that founded our nation.

We have a right as citizens to know if we can put our hand up to God, who are our representatives putting their hand up to?

Michael Henry Taylor


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