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Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2008 7:04 pm | Updated: 8:50 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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 PROPOSITION 102

Bishop was out of line

Two weeks ago, Bishop Thomas Olmsted delivered a videotaped message to Catholic parishes. We were amazed and angered that our bishop told us to support Proposition 102, which proposes to amend the Arizona constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

In the Catholic Church, marriage is a sacrament and a revered institution, to be protected within the bounds of church teachings and canon laws. But we live in a civil society, not a religious one, and the legal rights and obligations of parties to marriage are determined by the laws (including the constitution) that govern all citizens in the community.

It is not appropriate for the bishop to tell us that we must as Catholics amend our civil constitution. The laity are quite capable of independent thought and judgment. We need a bishop to be a leader who uses Christ’s teachings to inform us and guide us as we make decisions as citizens of civil society, not a scold of old who will misuse his authority by telling us how to vote — on any issue. The Catholic Church has been wrong on issues dating back to Galileo. The laity needs to step forward and clearly voice dissent when church authority exceeds its mission and purpose.

ANNE AND JEFF GARY

SCOTTSDALE

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

McCain won second debate

John McCain’s debate on Tuesday night was unfortunately judged by the liberal media and some conservative commentators based on the assumption that he needed a “knock-out punch” or “game changing moment.”

The fact that this didn’t happen lead them to declare a victory for Barack Obama. I believe McCain won the debate and in the process drew many contrasts between himself and Obama.

McCain brought up many of Obama’s far-left positions including his voting 94 times to either raise taxes or oppose tax cuts. He pointed out that Obama campaigned to give tax cuts to the middle class when he ran for the Senate, but has not introduced any legislation in the Senate to cut taxes. He also mentioned that Obama talks about energy independence, yet has been opposed to clean coal, nuclear energy and drilling domestically for oil.

Of course there are many other far-left positions that Obama holds that need to be addressed in the final debate including his far-left position on abortion, and his association with radicals such as Jeremiah Wright and the unrepentant American terrorist Bill Ayers. Obama’s opposition to the “Born Alive” bill, which is to protect babies that survive botched abortions, and the fact that the country could be headed to the far left if he is allowed to select the next three Supreme Court judges, should be of great concern to most moderate and conservative voters.

As long as he is confronted with these issues in the final debate, it will not matter that McCain did not score the “knock-out” punch in debate No. 2.

KEVIN KENSKI

GILBERT

Obama did better job in second debate

I watched most of the second presidential debate. Did not find anything new. I thought that John McCain would have to change his style. He did not. McCain is still talking about reaching across the aisle. How many times has he had his hand slapped?

Barack Obama adjusted some of his themes. He came closer to some of McCain’s ideas. Obama showed some change. McCain was the same old, same old. I think Obama won the debate and I expect a further jump in the polls.

AL FISCHER

MESA

ELECTION

Don’t give votes to nonvoters

Proposition 105 on the November ballot (Majority rule — Let the People Decide) is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

For passage of initiatives, this proposition would require approval by a majority of all registered voters, including those who have died or moved out of state or who stayed home on election day. This is not democracy.

Prop. 105 wrongly puts the will of people who don’t bother to vote at a level of importance with those who do vote. Why should people who are too lazy to vote have their opinions registered equally against those who do take the time to participate? If people do not vote, then I believe they have voluntarily waived their right to play a part in that particular election.

If this proposition had been in place in past years, we would not have the Clean Elections law, we would not have smoke-free restaurants and hotels, we would not have the Heritage Fund that protects our parks, trails and wildlife, we would not have settlement money from tobacco industries, nor the Indian gaming initiative funds. Please join me in a resounding “no” vote for Prop. 105.

ANNA MARSOLO

CAVE CREEK

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