December 7, 2011
I have long expressed deep concern over the rapid erosion of our Constitution. It is under siege and being destroyed. We should be deeply concerned. Our Founding Fathers said unless our Constitution is based on biblical religion and morality it will not work. Christianity has become an empty ritual. Where are the Christian leaders who will even label homosexuality a sin? The Bible labels it an abomination. British historian Paul Johnson said in 1999, "The essence of the rule of law is it's impersonality, omnipotence and ubiquity.
September 17, 2008
In the past 221 years, nations have risen and fallen, but the United States has remained strong, through civil war, two world wars, the Great Depression, the struggle for civil rights and other challenges. We have weathered these storms, in large part, because of a cherished document. It was 221 years ago today that delegates gathered in Philadelphia to sign the Constitution, which provided for a strong central government with a balance of power among three branches: the legislative, executive and judicial.
January 12, 2011
On Thursday, for the first time in American history, the 112th Congress opened up their tenure by reciting the U.S. Constitution on the House floor. Progressive Democrats bemoaned the act as “nonsense,” “ritualistic” and “propaganda.” Too bad for them, they missed the point. When I was a kid and I misbehaved in class, my teacher would make me write lines. I’d have to write 300 times, “I will not talk in class” — fitting for a guy who now makes his living with words.
September 14, 2006
The Centre College Law Society will sponsor a panel presentation titled "The U.S. Constitution: Continuity and Change" at 8 p.m. Monday in Young Hall, room 101 on campus. Panelists include: Pierce Lively, retired senior judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Jamey Leahey, Centre College counsel; and Dan Stroup, Centre professor of government. The event is free and open to the public. Each year, on or near the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, the law society sponsors an event designed to engage the Centre and Danville community in a conversation about the life and history of the U.S. Constitution.
October 10, 2004
Dear Editor: I am reminded of Frank Capra's 1939 classic movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" in which the nave, idealistic, backwoods kid Jefferson Smith, played by James Stewart, thwarts the corrupt political establishment and, in spite of incumbents attempts to discredit him, manages to triumph and bring honesty back to government. This is precisely what we have facing us in this coming election, only the consequences are far more severe. What is at stake is the most sacred document of western civilization, the Constitution of the United States of America.
January 3, 2007
Dear Editor, The Constitution was written to protect the minority in this county, not the majority. The First Amendment guarantees the right for everyone to worship any way they want. I feel privileged to live in this country and to have had legislators and judges who thought the Constitution should be expanded to include more folks. If not, we would still have slaves and women who would not be able to vote. All this is expansion of the original ideals of the Constitution.
October 14, 2003
Dear Editor: There you go again Ms. Stipe. I challenge you to find specific language in the Constitution of the United States that says "separation of church and state. " If you are referencing the First Amendment, then let us see what it says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.
February 16, 2004
Dear Editor: I have found the recent letters regarding the so-called "right to smoke" a little unsettling. Smoking is an addiction and a serious health hazard that costs our country enormous amounts of money in lost productivity and health costs, to say nothing of the cost in lives and quality of life. The only thing distinguishing smoking from alcoholism and other destructive forms of addiction is that it happens to be legal, and furthermore well-protected by politically entrenched corporate interests, such as R.J. Reynolds.
August 7, 2007
Dear Editor, Maybe it's just me. They are talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys. It worked for us for over 200 years and we are not using it anymore. Frank Durham Danville
December 13, 2006
Dear Editor, How does tyranny arise? That it comes out of democracy is fairly clear. Does the change take place in the same sort of way as the change from oligarchy to democracy? Oligarchy was established by men with a certain aim in life: The good they sought was wealth, and it was the insatiable appetite for money - waking to the neglect of everything else that proved its undoing. Is democracy likewise ruined by greed for what it conceives to be "the supreme good?" (Plato, The Republic VIII 562)