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We need prayer

back in schools

For the most part, we are a free society, it functions well, and mostly where there are laws needed for traffic control we have them. I think when you have the right to bear arms there needs to be a controlling element, something like the free exercise of religion. When the courts passed a law that took prayer out of schools by only passing a law by the high court, they did take prayer out of our schools yet the Constitution still allows for the right to bear arms. That, in my mind, created an imbalance in our free society.

When the courts make a law, by making a ruling, and there is no basis or foundation in law, like the separation between church and state and same-sex marriages in all 50 states, then Congress needs to pass that law and have it signed by the president before it becomes law in all 50 states. I learned in school that only Congress can make law.

I think our society has done very well for the first 200 years and just needs a little tweak, to fix what is wrong with our Constitution and our society. I think a strong balance is required, just as you take a stop sign away, it could kill someone, in the same way to take prayer out of school can also cause or help to cause deaths. In that same train of thought, Congress starts its day off with a prayer, conducted by a chaplain, I think our schools deserve no less. I think that should be state sponsored.

Ed Coles

Cameron, Missouri

Safety features can

have reverse effect

Every summer we can count on the news reports of forgetful people leaving their child or grandchild in a vehicle ... to die from heat exhaustion. How did this come to be an event so relatively common? Such terrible tragedies seem to be in the news nearly weekly. I don’t recall this ever happening 30 or 40 years ago, when my children were small. What has happened? Why are conditions so very different now?

I used to drive a 1955 Buick. It had no A/C, and in summer the windows were always down unless it rained. Cars get hot sitting in the sun, but with the windows down, it was actually cooler in the car than it was out on the parking lot. I never locked the car.

My children used to bounce up and down in the spacious back seat, and must’ve thought of the Buick as a rolling trampoline. Police would put me in jail today for driving around with 3 unrestrained children in the car, but the worst they ever got hurt was by hitting their heads on the inside of the roof. There was no way in creation to forget the kids after driving somewhere, but even if I could, they weren’t locked in a hot death trap car.

Safety seats, legal regulations about child placement — rear facing in the back seat — electric windows, air conditioning, and automatic locks are all designed to make everything as safe as possible. And yet dozens of kids get killed every year; not in collisions, but by heatstroke.

It’s remarkable that safety devices designed with all the very best intentions in the world are thwarted by something as simple as driver distraction or inattention. Children might have been hurt or killed in car wrecks in years gone by, but now they face what may be an equally deadly danger from something that can’t be fixed: grandpa’s forgetful nature.

Lawrence Pilgram

St. Joseph