Blurred Separation of Church and State, Everyone Welcome to Sarasota

Rulings signal religious leaning for court

Among its continuing series of bad rulings, the United States Supreme Court decided to blur the separation of church and state.

Taxpayer money can now be used to support religious schools, even if churches don’t pay taxes.

A coach is now allowed to lead prayers on the football pitch after the game, pressuring all team members to participate.

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Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

Michael McGuire, Sarasota

Plan venues openly

Much has been written and said about the new Sarasota Center for the Performing Arts, his deal with the city of Sarasota and the fate of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

On the other hand, little has been said about the power of the SPAC to select the architect and the design of the new centre; who exactly will be part of the “Blue Ribbon Committee” that will decide the future of Van Wezel; and a number of other project details.

Nor has much been said about how SPAC will keep the Sarasota City Commission and the public informed of its thoughts and decisions. This is something Sarasotaans should raise their voices at the earliest.

SPAC is part of the Bay Park Conservancy, which has been exemplary in following an inclusive and open process. Hopefully the SPAC will follow.

Alan Dee, Sarasota

Not fair to pull the welcome mat

I lived in Sarasota for about 60 of my 70s.

I remember the click-clack of driving over Ringling’s old wooden bridge. I remember when there was little more than Australian pines and the abandoned superstructure of John Ringling’s Ritz hotel on Longboat Key.

I remember the pointed cypress building where the Sarasota players used to perform.

And most of all I remember, through all the progress of the past 60 years, Sarasota has always remained a welcoming city for everyone.

I was then surprised that a letter writer recommended Sarasota to become “unwelcoming” to people, but especially to these people, “those refugees from the blue city” (“Too many refugees from lawless blue cities”, July, 1st).

I was surprised even though the writer’s intention was to write something that was darkly ironic, which it probably was.

I’m a little curious how long the letter writer has been living here – seeking sanctuary in Sarasota to enjoy the sun, sand and all the other wonderful qualities our community has to offer.

Oh, and yes, welcome, we’re glad you’re here.

Leslie U. Hall, Longboat Key

The decision means despair for pregnant women

The title of a July 3 letter was “Facts: What Does the Abortion Ruling Mean?”

In trying to “inform the uninformed”, the letter writer makes a number of misleading statements.

He specifies: “The SCOTUS decision does not prohibit abortion. No knowledgeable person would make that claim.

What the decision did was overturn Roe v. Wade, the case that protected a constitutional right to an abortion based on the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

The author claims that the decision does not affect the right to same-sex marriage or contraception. However, in his concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that, using the same reasoning, these rights, as well as the right to consensual same-sex relationships, should be nullified.

The author says the ruling “just sends the matter back to the states.”

“Simply” means 26 gerrymandered Republican states that are about to ban abortions. The sole concern of advocates of forced pregnancy is the fetus; the mother is collateral damage.

Florida and 11 other states have not expanded Medicaid. None provide adequate assistance to low-income citizens, leaving new mothers and their children in dire straits for years, often with terrible consequences for them and for our society.

F. Lowell Curtis, Longboat Key

Abortion opponent betrays her gender

The writer of “Don’t worry, women will have abortions” July 3 tells the same old horror stories of abortionists dismembering cute, cuddly babies in an attempt to guilt the women who, for a thousand different reasons, undergo the procedure.

For a woman to attack her sex in this way shows that women’s rights continue to be threatened with suppression by a theocratic state government, creating legislation guided by religious rules and not by our Constitution.

David Coe, Sarasota

Live the life of an original in 2022

The Supreme Court first convened on February 1, 1790, in the Exchange Building in New York City, then the nation’s capital.

If Judge Clarence Thomas wants to be an originalist, let him be. Turn off the AC, turn off the phones, get rid of the computers and go back to quill pens.

Then he can be a real originalist!

Norman R. Wirtz, Nokomis

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