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Parker was right to
admonish colleagues

The editorial attacking Justice Tom Parker was groundless.

The editorial headline read "Justice Parker advocates defying the law of the land." This is not true, but he does advocate defying the law of France, the law of Sweden and laws of the United Nations when they conflict with American law.

The Roper decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that Justice Parker attacked was a decision based on foreign law — not American law. That's why Justice Parker was attacking it. All American judges take an oath to uphold the Constitution — not foreign laws.

You wrote "the law is the law, and there is no higher authority on U.S. law than the U.S. Supreme Court." Wrong again. If you were correct, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Scotch-Irish Americans were subhuman and not subject to due process rights, you'd have to side with the court. That's not the "rule of law" but, rather, the rule of tyrants.

The "rule of law" does not mean the rule of legal procedure. It is a principle that holds that all government officials (judges included) are under the authority of the supreme law of the land (the Constitution). Under your system, the Supreme Court could never do anything illegal. This is the very definition of tyranny: "The government can do no wrong."

Our founding fathers went to war to keep us from living under the "Divine Right of Kings." But you seem to suggest that we should replace it with the "Divine Right of Judges."

God save us from such a fate.

Gary Boyd


Those who hate killing also hate America

At the height of the Vietnam War, it became cool for many Americans to hate America. It was the new fad. People couldn't wait to join peace marches (they were filled with violence) and socialist movements, all in the name of degrading America and our military. "Baby killers," they called our men and women in uniform.

Thirty years later its déjà vu. Sen. John Kerry, the man who would not become president, or king of Skull Island, stated, "Our military are invading people's homes in Iraq and killing innocent people." It's the same Genghis Khan statements he made before. While Saddam Hussein, ex-dictator, and the man who ordered the genocide of his people is on trial for his life (he knows a lot about life — taking life, that is), people like Sen. Kerry, Ramsey Clark, Howard Dean and many of the liberal left will rant and rave about how bad America is.

Astonishingly enough, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is part of Saddam Hussein's legal counsel.

"How do you know Saddam committed all the atrocities he has been charged with?" Why were mass graves found in Iraq? Do you suppose that those people just jumped in holes and died? Mr. Clark still insists that Saddam Hussein had no bio-chemical weapons, yet he killed his own people with them.

"This is a war we cannot win," they say. Those coconut heads need to realize there would be no America without our military.

Jimmy Robinson


Lack of school buses curbs city growth

I am retired and living in Corpus Christi, Texas. For six months I have been working with a local real estate agent in Decatur on building a house in your city; it was my No. 1 pick from different cities of six Southern states.

On my last trip there in November 2005, I was meeting with a building contractor and my agent when the subject of school buses was brought up.

I had never thought to ask before if Decatur had buses for their schoolchildren. When I was told no, since we have school-age children in our family, I had my real estate agent start looking at other cities, such as Guntersville, which do have such systems.

I told my agent that I would not settle in a city that did not have such a system. The agent e-mailed me Jan. 10 and told me of your news article, which I just read. I have not contracted to build a house in another city as of yet and, if I thought Decatur would get a bus system, I would set my sights on your fine city and spend my dollars there.

I think Decatur would grow more if it did have such a system.

James H. Brocker

Corpus Christi, Texas

Bike trail good step
toward healthy Decatur

Thanks for the article regarding the progress being made on extending Decatur's bike trail.

With such role models as bicyclist George Nancarrow, 79, Decatur High School principal Mike Ward (who rides his bike to school), and Dr. Bill Sims, organizer and spokesman for the bike trail that is about to be extended, surely it won't be long before others emulate their fine examples of how to add to their quality of life.

Now if we'd just get back to the neighborhood school mold so:

a) Students can walk or ride bikes to school and get fresh air and exercise year-round as their grandparents (who were no doubt far healthier) once did.

b) Parents and/or transportation providers can cut down substantially on the cost of operating fuel-guzzling vehicles.

c) Students' safety would be more secure because neighbors would know immediately if strangers were in the vicinity.

Through measures such as this, plus "back-to-the-future" re-introduction of sidewalks and front porches that encourage neighbors to get to know one-another, Decatur would be an even cleaner, safer and a more health-promoting community in which to live.

It would also be a nice incentive to attract new residents who care about such life-enhancing measures for the health and well being of their families.

Gerry Coffey


Judge Alito has no
monopoly on racism

In the past week I have watched the hearings for Judge Alito and it seems the Democrats keep hammering away about Mr. Alito belonging to a racist group while in college called CAPS.

He joined said group to try and keep the ROTC program on campus. He never renewed his membership with this organization.

The reason I write this is because recently, Sen. Byrd, D-W.Va., stated that he had a foolish fling being a member of the KKK and that he displayed very bad judgment and he was sorry. Oh, by the way he was high up in the Klan, being the Exalted Cyclops. Now granted, he did quit the Klan after a year and asked for forgiveness. Now sometime in June of this year, he will be honored as the longest- sitting senator of all time by his follow Democratic senators and others, but I wonder how many people remember the fact that he filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for 14-plus hours and he, along with 21 other Democratic senators, voted against said act.

Now if all you Democrats can call Mr. Alito a racist, will we also call Sen. Byrd a racist?

Sen. Kennedy showed his true colors on the matter of Mr. Alito belonging to CAPS and hammered away on Mr. Alito's moral judgment on belonging to said group. But then, Sen. Kennedy is the last person who should talk about morals if he can remember back to July 19, 1969 and. Mary Jo Kopechne. Here was a married man, the father of children, out partying with a single woman, running off a bridge, swimming away, and leaving said woman to drown. Now that, folks, is the moral fiber of one of the Democrats opposing Mr. Alito.

If Sen. Byrd and Sen. Kennedy can be forgiven for their past sins then why not Mr. Alito?

Thomas J. Gildea Lacey's Spring

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