Printed Letters: August 4, 2017
Council shouldn’t have taken the devil’s bait
Saint Ambrose of Milan said: “The devil’s snare does not catch you, unless you are first caught by the devil’s bait.” It is unfortunate that the City Council took the bait.
I attended Wednesday’s City Council meeting for one purpose: to safeguard my right for religious freedom. I am quite simply appalled that the City Council allowed a satanist to deliver the invocation and allowed him to invoke the name of the evil one.
Christian invocations are not allowed to invoke the name of Jesus Christ according to the council’s invocation guidelines. From my understanding, the Christian invocations honored this guideline, but like the Father of Lies does, he cannot follow guidelines and I had to listen to the evil one being hailed.
According to the council’s literature, which was verbally repeated at the beginning of the session, “the invocation is offered for the use and benefit of the City Council.” One purpose of the invocation is to “encourage recognition of what is worthy of appreciation in our society.” What conceivable part of Satan is worthy of appreciation in our society? People have the right to worship what they want to, but lines do have to be drawn. There are plenty of forums for divergent beliefs, but not at a council meeting that makes decisions for the safety and well-being of the town’s residents. Satan is not interested in either and, in fact, wants nothing but destruction, death, and chaos.
I can appreciate the council’s desire to be open to a variety of viewpoints and beliefs. But if these beliefs are in opposition to the council’s own declarations, then why would they approve of such? Moreover, why would the mayor remain standing throughout the invocation? I question where this city is going and to whom it is claiming allegiance. If someone has misdirected beliefs, is it our responsibility to support and condone those beliefs? The battle between Jesus and Satan ended on Calvary, and Jesus Christ was the victor over sin, death, and Satan. This is the truth that needs to be proclaimed, not what was stated about Satan in the guise of being an invocation.
Wake up City Council and align yourselves to the truth, not to the lies; do not take the bait again.
Grand Valley’s roads follow a logical and simple pattern
In a recent “You Said It” a person complained about the nomenclature of our streets and roads in the Grand Valley.
First, I would like to say that the road nomenclature of the valley is an extremely logical method of finding your way around the valley. This very logical and simple designation is based on an early survey of the valley by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The east and west designations are based on a one-mile grid starting at the west state line; 27 Road is 27 miles east of the state line. The between numbers are also based on a one-mile grid, such as 27&1/4 Road, 1/2, 7/8 and so on. This is true of all numbered roads running in a north-south direction
The opposite street designations, such as D Road and so on, are based on a survey base line running east and west starting at A and running though K Road. These roads are also one mile apart, with the same interior nominators, (i.e. D&1/2 Road etc.)
Simply put, all numbered roads run north and south. All lettered roads run east and west on one-mile increments. The questionable locations mentioned in the “You Said It ” can easily be found knowing these facts.
The only place I know with a simpler system is Salt Lake City where all the streets are arrayed on a survey from the corner of Temple Square, also on a one-mile grid.
BOYD M. HOLT
Council’s religious invocations long violated the Constitution
In his letter about having to tolerate “unsavory” selections for invocations, former City Councilman Gregg Palmer failed to mention that council’s religious invocations had long violated the U.S. Constitution by the time Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers brought it to the city’s attention in 2008. The city attorney agreed council had violated the law for decades by hosting almost exclusively Christian prayers at their meetings and compelling the audience to remain standing and pray in the name of “Jesus Christ.”
U.S. law mandates that government remain strictly neutral in matters of religion. The city attorney explained this to council, but council wanted to keep things as they were, so they crafted the current invocation policy that lets them squeak by with keeping prayers to “Jesus Christ” on the docket, as long as they tolerate people of religions they like less giving an invocation every now and then.
Mr. Palmer also failed to mention the Ten Commandments tablet on City Hall grounds violated the Constitution as well. After citizens pointed that out to council, council turned down a free way to remedy the problem by giving the tablet to the church across the street, which offered to take it and display it prominently. Instead, council spent $64,000 of taxpayer money to do an end run around the Constitution by putting up the “Cornerstones plaza” in front of City Hall.
City Council needs to obey U.S. law and reclaim its gravitas with a moment of silence.
Board member and founder, Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers