"I wanted to tell you the city has finally done something right that everyone can agree with. The fireworks at the fairgrounds were absolutely gorgeous. It was a wonderful evening and to hear the oohs and aahs of the children and adults was well worthwhile. It makes me proud to be an American. Maybe they should use the new Fairgrounds Park for the blues festival for the Friday and Saturday events like they do on Sunday. Then it wouldn't clog the downtown streets. To the city and Karen Giffin - it was absolutely wonderful. Keep up the good work."
"This is to the person that's raising money to send the non-Christian to Afghanistan: maybe he is proud to be an American, but just doesn't go to the same church as you. Maybe he doesn't want to go to Afghanistan. One thing we protect in this country is the right of our people to practice whatever religion they choose, whether you like it or not. Maybe you should go to Afghanistan."