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Letters to the editor published July 31, 2014

Gitlin has been attacked, denied items on agenda

On July 22, Supervisor Roger Gitlin called for Chairman David Finigan to step down, as he had every right to do. Mr. Finigan’s disrespectful runaround, refusing to honor Mr. Gitlin’s request to put an idea on the agenda — in this case, a discussion of the possibility of a short, nondenominational prayer — before the Board of Supervisors’ meetings. Heaven knows we need God’s wisdom regarding all the decisions that our board has to make during the year. 

 

Twice Mr. Finigan interrupted Mr. Gitlin with the question, “Are you sure you want to do this?” Which I interpret as a veiled threat, as though something unpleasant will happen if you dare to continue to disagree with me. 

Mr. Finigan, as I understand it, you’re the chairman because it was simply your turn — rotation; if the circumstances were reversed and Mr. Gitlin denied you — and therefore the district you were elected to represent — the right to bring a topic before the board, how would you feel? 

Note to citizens of Crescent City who are not aware of the situation: I entreat you to Google the board’s meetings for June 10 and July 22. You will see, first, an unconscionable verbal attack on Mr. Gitlin, which should never have been allowed to continue because it was vicious and ridiculous, but also the chairman allowed her extra time! 

Roger Gitlin has been a welcome addition to our population here: He has run “Take a Bite Out of Blight” with many willing helpers so that it didn’t cost our city a dime. 

It is most interesting that the two loudest objectors to the idea of a simple prayer claim to be Christians. Somehow they must have missed Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians, which ends with, “And now abide faith, hope, charity (love), these three: but the greatest of these is love.” 

Bettie Belitz, 

Crescent City

Fanatical agendas do not belong in board’s meetings

Just when I thought I was living in Del Norte County, I woke up and realized I was terribly wrong. Could this be Waco, Texas, or Jonestown, Guyana? There is a cult here in town. It is called Counterfeit Christians. They raise their arms in the air praising  God, all the while their real intention is to control the public. The leader of this group, Roger Gitlin, who is sold to the Tea Party, wants to place “prayer before a public meeting” on the public agenda. 

When I walked into the Flynn Center to enjoy the Board of Supervisors meeting, I did not see a steeple attached to the building. Once inside I did not see a crucifix on a wall, which indicated to me that I was not in a church but in a government building where local issues are discussed and resolved.

Mr. Gitlin hops out of his seat on the board, walks over to the podium and delivers an incredibly disrespectful speech over the three-minute limit to Chairman Finigan. He wants Mr. Finigan to resign, because Mr. Finigan did not want to place prayer on the agenda.  Quick, somebody, pass me the Kool-Aid, Are you kidding me?

The Tea Party “double-crossing yellow bellies” lost their battle for Del Norte County to separate to Jefferson state. So now they intend to make every meeting a living hell on any issue they can come up with, which currently happens to be prayer. Why don’t all of you counterfeit Christians pray outside in a circle before entering the building. Who do you think you are trying to impress? I personally don’t want to have prayer in a government building by a bunch of people who think their sins are less than mine and who think they are fooling people by acting godly. 

Thomas Jefferson stated, “‘Make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.” Jefferson was describing to the Baptists that the United States Bill of Rights prevents the establishment of a national church, and in so doing they did not have to fear government interference in their manner of worship.

To pray at a government meeting would force an establishment of religion. Maybe it is time to recall Gitlin.

Linda Sutter,

Crescent City 

 

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