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Letters to the Editor

Europe, not America, known for wave of religious persecution

My husband and I were driving down the road when we spotted a vehicle with a bumper sticker. It said, "The last time we mixed politics and religion, people were burned at the stake."

Of course, that started a lively conversation, and we wondered who the driver of that vehicle was referring to? Who's we, we wondered? Does she have a rat in her pocket?

We are in America and have had separation of church and state since our Constitution was drafted. As far as I know, no one has ever been burned at the stake for their religious preference. Not in America.

She must be referring to Europe. Oh yeah, we mused, those were the countries who burned people at the stake. Was she referring to the witches who were hung for practicing witchcraft in Salem?

Guess she was confused and must have thought she was driving on the Autobahn instead of in Gwinnett County, USA.

- Debi Ortagus

Sugar Hill

'Old-fashioned' values never go out of style

I had the opportunity to attend a Gwinnett High School graduation this week and I found it very educational. I learned that I'm not just old; I'm also "old fashioned." I thought that when the honor guard passed with the American flag that placing one's hand over one's heart was symbolic of respect and gratitude for the thousands of men and women who through their efforts provided me with the blessing of freedom.

I thought this gesture, in a small way, indicated my commitment to my country and to the principles on which it was founded.

Now I realize that it is not "cool" to show patriotism in this manner and that only old-fashioned people still believe it is appropriate. I also learned that if you are a man wearing a hat or baseball cap, it is no longer necessary to remove it. In fact, if you are busy you can ignore the entire posting of the colors and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Apparently having an invocation and the singing of the national anthem are also old fashioned.

Nevertheless, I found that this exposure to what is not cool allowed me to create the inscription I desire on my gravestone: "Here lies old-fashioned Janet, who believed in her family, her country and her God and wasn't embarrassed for others to know it."

- Janet Gibson

Lawrenceville

Teenagers should learn better judgment while on the road

I take exception to an article written by Jaime Sarrio ("Motorist deaths top state mark," May 31) about the motorist deaths. In the eighth paragraph the article said, "Police said speed and poor driving conditions were to blame for the wreck."

Firstly, what is a 16-year-old doing driving at 1:30 a.m. with a 13- and 15-year-old in the car?

Secondly, speed and driving conditions did not cause the wreck. The 16-year-old caused the wreck. Poor judgment of teenagers caused the death.

When are our kids going to learn?

- Fred Wilson

Duluth