of church, state
critical to nation
To all citizens concerned about separation of Church and State issue, the principle of separation is one of the founding principles of the United States which is critical to its success as a nation state. Although most Founding Fathers were Christians, their own beliefs varied widely and they recognized that a sustainable union could only be created by the State being neutral to any religion. This belief is widely documented in their official documents and private letters. We all have our own religious and spiritual beliefs but it is important to recognize the principle that those beliefs cannot be forced on others and that we shall respect their beliefs as they shall respect ours.
In 1947 Supreme Court made a ruling in Everson v Board of Education which applied US Constitution Bill of Rights to the States. This decision appears to cause a controversy with some opponents of the Separation principle but it should be known that all of the Supreme Court judges, affirming and dissenting strongly supported the principle of separation in their opinions. Additionally Oklahoma State Constitution in Article II-5 also supports the principle of separation.
US Constitution: Bill Of Rights : Amendment I
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 a redress of grievances.
Oklahoma Constitution : Bill Of Rights : Section 5
Public money or property - Use for sectarian purposes.
No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.
Why would you
from a grave?
This is an issue that has been on my mind as well as many others. How can anyone with a conscience steal flowers from the cemetery? Loved ones have spent time, thought and effort to remember those they have lost. It breaks family’s hearts to know that there are people out there that show such disrespect towards someone’s loved one. Just a thought... imagine what your loved ones are thinking while looking down upon you as you place stolen flowers on their grave.
Garage sale rule
sense, reader says
I think Chickasha is a wonderful place to be and to live and to have called home. Yes, it isn't what it used to be years ago, But it is still a great place. I was back visiting recently, and went to a garage sale somewhere in town and 'lo and behold this woman came out of no where (I'd almost go as far as to call her the Garage Sale Nazi) as she was very rude to the woman that was having the sale. Pointing and shaking her finger at this elderly woman shouting is this your garage sale? Your's? Well I didn't know and obviously this elderly woman didn't know either that in Chickasha you are allowed only TWO garage sales a year? Why would any town try to govern themselves to do that? This elderly woman wasn't trying to make a living off of the stuff she was selling, she was just trying to raise some money to buy groceries, as she had told me. Now, editor, I don't know if there are other people out there that think this "law" is unsuitable, but I think it is down right silly.
Can anyone tell me, with a straight face, why this is an enforceable law?
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Dear Express Star Editor and Friends of the Arts,
The Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC) Directors and the Rock Island Arts Festival 2010 (RIAF) Committee, which was chaired this year by Candice Staats, would like to 'THANK YOU' for your generous support of the 2nd Annual 'Arts Festival'! It was a wonderful, fun-filled and entertaining event for the whole community.
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Education is a wonderful thing. The United States is one of the few countries where everyone is eligible for an education. High School is not restricted to only the smartest kids – anyone who makes the effort to pass the lower grades can go on to high school and/or college.
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To the Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank District Attorney Bret Burns and Chickasha Police Chief Lynn Williams for going above and beyond their job descriptions to help me with a situation that recently occurred at Ninnekah High School.
Chickasha Police Chief Lynn Williams helped in a matter that occurred in the Chickasha city limits, but affected Ninnekah School. I appreciate his assistance. The Chickasha School District is extremely lucky to have a police chief who will go the extra mile to support education and student safety.
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