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Religious voices fought for our civil rights

November 07, 2008

I need to point out some inaccuracies in the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s full-page ad in the Coastline Pilot last week (Oct. 31). Contrary to the ad, people of faith were among the most vocal to speak out against capital punishment, women’s right to vote and especially slavery. In fact, many of the strongest voices against slavery, such as William Lloyd Garrison and Martin Luther King Jr., were committed Christian leaders.

The ad admits that those advocating a world or government free from religion have been marginalized. That’s because discerning people know a nation void of moral absolutes and restraints will ultimately collapse and plunge headlong into complete chaos, with every man doing what is right in his own eyes.

JAY GRANT

Sewage spill is a poor way to treat the coast

After reading the headline “4 miles of coast shut by sewage” (Oct. 31) a thought occurred to me that after the city and its residents have enjoyed using this magnificent coast for pleasure and the commerce dollar, that this is the best payback to nature. Rather creepy, or should I say crappy. The problem has been known for years — shame on them.

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GARY SIMPSON

Laguna Beach

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Economic panic will lead nowhere, so calm down

These are terrible financial times. Most people are worried about their financial futures, and rightly so.

There is a general lack of confidence in our government and our financial institutions. We have a lame-duck president whose public approval rating is lower than low, and there is a vacuum in world leadership. To make matters of confidence worse, our Treasury Department seems to be top heavy with former Goldman Sachs executives. One of them is our treasury secretary. Another is a 35-year-old who has been handed the management of the $700-billion “Financial Recovery Program” (aka “Wall Street Bail Out” ). It makes one wonder how anyone can attack President-elect Barack Obama for lack of experience.

Goldman Sachs: Didn’t the Feds arrange for them to buy Solomon Bros. at a “fire sale” price? Insider advantage or shrewd business? Then the Feds let Lehman Bros. go belly up. Strange coincidence?

Despite the complex financial doings, lack of confidence, negativism of the media and their rejoicing over our financial crisis, panic will get us nowhere but deeper into this mess.

Oh, “ye of little faith.” To worry is one thing, to panic is another. Believe Franklin Roosevelt: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

DON KNAPP

Laguna Beach

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