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Good job, Council

I would like to applaud the College Station City Council members for their moral fortitude to stand up for decency when considering the rezoning proposal for sexually oriented businesses. While listening to our community members at the council meeting Thursday night, I could not have been more proud to be a resident of our great city. It reaffirmed all the reasons that my husband and I decided to make College Station our home and raise our family here.

While sitting at the meeting and visiting with other residents, many people grumbled as to why federal law would mandate cities to set aside 5 percent area of land for sexually oriented businesses. The answer is simple. This is the result of the appointment of liberal activist judges. These judges have taken the Constitution and interpreted it in such a way as to claim that our Founding Fathers intended for the protection and propagation of sexually oriented businesses to fall under the headlines of free speech. This is absurd.

We must all keep in mind that these are the reasons that it so very important in the upcoming presidential election to vote for the candidate who will appoint conservative leaders to the bench. It is possible that the next president may appoint three new justices to the Supreme Court along with many other federal appointments. These individuals will have lasting effects on the direction of our country. Do we want to nation to continue to build upon the ideals of our Founding Fathers or do we want liberal judges who will interpret our Constitution to benefit the fringe extremists?

SANDRA COHEN

College Station

Not at all surprised

I picked up my paper Friday morning, only to see that College Station had made a “bold move” to limit sex businesses. I wasn’t surprised. I was dismayed and disheartened, however, to find that the decision seems to have been based, in part, on religion and the ensuing specific morals.

Are the products of society, like sex stores, really so dangerous to a person’s morals that we have to make a restrictive law against them? Are they so dangerous that we feel vindicated in breaking precedent set by the federal courts? Or perhaps these questions strike at a more serious question: Are the morals and faith of College Station citizens so weak that we have to create laws that bolster us?

Or perhaps we are all becoming zealots. It is easy to get so wrapped up in our own day-to-day lives that we forget to see what is just beyond our own nose. There are some tax paying, hard working, very nice and decent folks, I am sure, who have stepped into a sex shop of some sort before. Since when do we care what other people are doing in the privacy of their own lives?

Remember, the greatest opportunity that the Lord gave people was the ability to choose. Do we choose to test our faith or do we choose to blindly follow? When people start making laws via their faith — other than cross-cultural norms like murder — I think we begin to cross into dangerous territory. It is, as many politicians from both sides of the aisle like to point out, a slippery slope.

I’m not from College Station, and I am only here for a few years, but I have been appalled by the hypocrisy I see. This most recent action dumbfounds and disgusts me, but it sure doesn’t surprise me.

TED CRAVER

College Station

Disturbing comment

The Rev. Butch Smith of Living Hope Baptist Church (Eagle, Sept. 24) told the College Station City Council members in arguing for prohibiting all sexually oriented businesses in the city, “To cave in to change just because of a fear of litigation ... would be akin to negotiating for hostages in Iraq.”

Although I agreed with some of Rev. Smith’s arguments, I was deeply disturbed by this comment. I am a big fan of the use of analogies when trying to make a point. I am also a bigger fan of the First Amendment, but I must say this was not a wise choice of words. Litigation is hardly comparable to death. I am sure that the families of the hostages in Iraq would agree.

GEORGE WATKINS

College Station

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