Letters to the Editor

Thanks to community for supporting Red Cross

I was the director for the American Red Cross Joint Recovery Resource Center from Sept. 12 to Oct. 1. I was deployed there by the National Headquarters from my Red Cross chapter in northeast Mississippi. I am writing to you as an effort to thank Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County for the outstanding support we received.

I was made to feel welcome by everyone I met in the local government and the community as a whole. Without the untiring efforts and selfless volunteerism of the local citizenry, our ability to provide emergency services to the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita would have been impossible. Every day, more than 100 local people volunteered to perform even the most mundane tasks. People who were able to become client caseworkers with only two to three hours of training, people who prepared and served meals and people who performed client registration duties were phenomenal, providing assistance to more than 10,000 evacuees over the period of my tenure there. Your local merchants were extremely generous and helpful in donating crucial items whenever needed. I am impressed and proud to have been a part of such an endeavor.

Additionally, I commend your Police Department. They were always professional and helpful whenever they had to respond. The department obviously has a well-developed training system and capable leadership. I wish I could personally thank each one of them.

Thank you, Lawrenceville.

- Timothy Spain

Iuka, Miss.

Nation must keep its patriotism to survive

A nation founded on freedom, liberty and justice for all needs its people to show patriotism in their daily lives.

The last time I saw any huge groundswell of it was right after Sept. 11, 2001. It went on for a short while before it started to fade out some. To me it was sad to see because I caught the patriotism bug at an early age. I was somewhere between 12 and 14 and listened to stories about the Korean conflict going on.

Right away I was hoping I was old enough to join up and fight to defend the United States of America. I did finally get to sign up in the U.S. Army at the ripe old age of 17. I served 20 years before retiring and have never been anything but a proud patriot of this wonderful country of ours. I am almost 67 years old and still get tears in my eyes at the playing or singing of our National Anthem. The saying of the Pledge of Allegiance makes me stand tall and proud.

I hope and pray that people realize before it's too late just how proud we all should be to live in our free and democratic country. Patriotism should be a part of us in every breath we take. Being able to complain is just one of the many freedoms we enjoy. But to not want to be proud of your country is just incomprehensible to me.

I say to let all the world - and especially our enemies - know we are proud patriots. To do anything less lets our enemies think they can do us harm without any significant response from us. Each and every one of us who enjoys this freedom must respond with pride and be ready to stand up for our land at anytime.

We must stress these values to our children and grandchildren. We also must ensure our education system keeps the teaching of American history as well as having the Pledge of Allegiance said regularly.

May God bless all who live in this great land and also continue to bless us with our freedom.

- Charles Boswell

Forest Park

States decide issues not in Constitution

A letter by George Morin ("Hoopla of politics deprives Americans of unbiased court," To the Editor, Oct 13) contained a factual flaw when he wrote, "When dealing with matters not covered in the Constitution, such as same-sex marriage and assisted suicide for the terminally ill, the judge must be willing to rule in accordance with the dictates of his conscience."

This statement is at odds with the 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Since neither same-sex marriage nor assisted suicide are covered in the Constitution, these and similarly situated subjects are left for each state to decide via the passage of state laws and are not properly decided by judicial consciences at the federal level.

The real problem here is that judges are prone to completely warp constitutional verbage so that now there is almost nothing that does not affect the Commerce Clause or some other enumerated federal power to the point that the federal government is all powerful in almost any area of life. That is why we need judges who will judge based on what the Constitution actually says and not on what judges wished it said.

- Jay Wagner

Stone Mountain