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CHURCH-STATE SEPARATION: Pearce thumbs nose at law
Despite prior notification from powerful national church-state separation groups detailing the numerous violations and the potential for expensive legal challenges, state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and his Appropriations Committee still approved SB1213, which calls for posting a new, stand-alone Ten Commandments display on the old state Capitol building.
Even being notified of the law — or worse yet choosing to ignore it — Pearce and his four partisan supporters on the committee who voted for it are openly scoffing at the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits new, stand-alone religious displays on existing government buildings.
Given that Pearce and his committee members had advance notification of these violations, is he and his four cronies on the committee scoffing at established U.S. law simply to pander for the votes of Arizona’s uber-conservative religious groups?
If so, let us all pray that SB1213 is withdrawn before we taxpayers have to foot the enormous legal bills that are sure to follow.
M.A. WINTERS, CHANDLER
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CONGRESS: Republicans obstructing progress
A lot of people are complaining about nothing being done in Congress. This is due to obstructionism by the minority party. This same party has obstructed more bills and appointments than any in Congressional history (www.senate.gov). This obstructionism is threatening the security of our nation by grinding the democratic process to a halt.
Members of the minority party have said they will obstruct any and all bills and all appointments brought before this Congress by the Democrats and the Obama administration.
We have serious health care problems, high unemployment rates, crumbling infrastructure, failing schools, all of which need to be addressed soon. In addition there are federal appointments — some at the Pentagon level — that have been held up — not for lack of qualifications but mere obstructionism alone.
Now is the time to revisit the filibuster rules and procedures. We can lower the number necessary to invoke cloture or return to the days when the filibuster meant nonstop, not even for bathroom breaks. Our leaders need to use their strength to finish what we sent them to Washington to do.
Change — so we can believe in you again.
NANCY HOUSTON, MESA