Many Americans don't want to return to religion

Re: "Abortion is creating a moral wasteland," From Readers, Jan. 25

Paul Kokoski would like to see us get back to our religious roots before the planet becomes "a moral wasteland." I wonder which religious roots he's referring to. Does he want us to go back to the pantheism of ancient Greece? Or even more primitive religious beliefs involving a host of peculiar deities?

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Or does he want us to get back to the religion of his choosing, which I presume is Christianity? Does he want to go back to the days of burning or hanging witches, torturing heretics in iron maidens and excommunicating those who favor science over superstitious beliefs?

Kokoski is welcome to believe as he sees fit, but he should disavow himself of his fantasy that we are all going to join him. I choose science, not religion, and at least in the United States, the First Amendment protects my right to make that choice.

-- Jason Ramage


Republican Party seen as unwelcoming to minorities

Re: "Colin Powell: Latent Democrat?" Jan. 24

I find it rather amusing that Gregory Kane had the temerity to question the loyalty of Colin Powell, the former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with respect to his party affiliation. Every reasonably intelligentpersons understands why Powell said that "there is a dark vein of intolerance" in the Republican Party.

Like so many others, Kane touts the fact that the Republican Party is inclusive by mentioning Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and the GOP's two Latino and two Indian governors. But there is a very salient point that he fails to mention.

Although Kane is totally correct that the Republicans have more minority governors, the sheer number of elected Democratic officials far outweighs them. More importantly, Democrats seems to be more accepting of those whose ideologies differ slightly from the party line, which is basically not allowed under the GOP's present structure.

If Kane truly believes that the statements made by Sarah Palin, John Sununu and others were not tinged with racial overtones, then like a significant portion of the GOP, he has yet to come to grips with a cold, hard fact: Rightfully or not, voters' perception of the Republican Party is one of exclusiveness.

-- Marvin E. Adams


D.C. designed to be a federal city, not a state

Re: "Fight brewing among counties over FBI headquarters," Jan. 11

The original purpose of creating the District of Columbia has been lost by both the General Services Administration and D.C. voting rights proponents.

The reaction of our Founding Fathers to the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, which resulted in part due to their delay in acting on the 17thpower enumerated in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, was the passage of the Residence Act of 1790, which established a federal city to permanently house the federal government.

However, the GSA is presently seeking to trade federal agency space in D.C. for land outside the city. And D.C. residents -- who have known the consequences of living in the District since at least 1800 -- want to have their cake and eat it too by enjoying their unique opportunity to influence the federal government while being treated like a state.

As was intended and designed from the onset, citizens who wish to exercise their voting rights should reside in a state, not the federal city, and the federal government should keep at least its administrative operations there.

-- Laszlo Pentek