At what point?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the third-highest member of our government, has gone to Syria and allowed herself to become a figurehead that the United States agrees with the countries of the Middle East, most of which are either under admitted terrorist governments, Hamas or those states that help support the terrorist groups that kill Americans and Israelis.
Pelosi apparently delivered a message that Israel is interested in talking about the peace initiatives that Syria has proposed. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert immediately denied that, stating, "Although Israel is interested in peace with Syria, that country continues to be part of the Axis of Evil and a force that encourages terror in the entire Middle East."
Is this the stance of the Democrat Party, or is this the ignorance of one politician who has overstepped her bounds? At what point do actions like this become what in the 1950s would have been classified as treason?
A commercial project was proposed for the corner of Raintree Drive and the Earl Rudder Freeway frontage road. We were told it would blend in and be a nice addition to our neighborhood and not hurt property values of houses next to it.
The developer clear-cut most of the trees, and then the project sat idle for several months. It started up again, and now it has been stopped by the city of College Station because it overlooked the height of the building and how close it was going to be to the property lines of nearby residential homes. The city was off approximately 20 feet, and the engineer and architects did not catch the mistake, either.
Why didn't the developer, engineer and architects read the building codes? Now the city is trying to figure what to do with the oversight. The right thing to do is make the developer follow the code and move the building where it conforms to code. It is his responsibility to hire the right people to know the codes.
Instead of trying to build a 15-foot fence and a 20-foot building and blocking all of the sunlight from neighboring back yards, the developer should sue the people who made the mistake instead of forcing us to live with his problem. It is up to the city to protect neighborhood integrity, so making an exception to the multiple zoning codes violations of this project would not be in the best interest of the Raintree homeowners and other residential property owners in College Station.
This is the time to stop talking about neighborhood integrity and do something right for it.
Great soccer fans
The 2007 A&M Consolidated High School boys soccer season came to a close in Tomball with a 2-1 loss to the No. 1 state-ranked Klein Bearcats. The moment was a melancholy one for the 13 seniors who have been teammates in soccer since age 5. Countless tears were shed as the players rejoiced about their high school successes or, alternately, consoled each other about their careers coming to an end.
The team owes a hearty thank-you to the students who supported them throughout the season. Their ringleaders were Clayton Hollis and Andrew Wolfe, and they were ably supported by fellow rowdies Ben, Brennen, David, D.J., Duncan, Elli, Gavin, Isabel, Joe, Julian, Kevin, Laramy, Louis, Luis, Morgan, Neal, Neema, Robert, Randall, Ryan, Steven, Theresa, Tyler and Yoyo.
The group dressed outrageously, supported their classmates unwaveringly and heaped good-natured abuse on selected players from the opposition. Frequent barbs were also directed at the officials who never called things the way the rowdies would have preferred.
Who will forget the guys showing up in their kilts when the wind chill was 35 degrees? Or dressing up in suits of armor to add a gladiatorial flavor to the games? Or Duncan painting "LeUnes" on his chest? And David wearing his "Garcia" T-shirt? It is this camaraderie and spirit that made this group special. They are exceptional students and athletes who are also great kids with unbridled school spirit engaging in good-natured fun.
We think we speak for the soccer parents in extending a heartfelt thanks to these young supporters. It was a great run for the team, one made infinitely richer by the kids who gathered at Tiger Field on Tuesdays and Fridays to voice their support. Thanks to all of you.
ARNOLD and JUDY LEUNES
Some good points
In its April 6 editorial "Public schools are not for Bible study," The Eagle made a couple of good points but misses a couple of others. I would say the same about Tracey Kiesling's response (Eagle, April 7).
I share the editor's suspicions that those pushing to require public schools to offer the Bible "as literature" probably do so as part of an agenda for theocracy. One need look no farther than the "Christian nation" platform of the Texas Republican Party. Although the platform pays obligatory homage to "Judeo-Christian" values, I doubt that Republicans really have any regard for the concerns of Jewish Americans. Nor do I have any reason to believe that they would include me, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in their "Christian nation."
On the other hand, the editor yields a point to the opposition by betraying a certain ignorance of basic religious texts. The last time I checked, the Torah is part of the Bible, comprising its first five books. But I would certainly add to the list the Talmud.
I think, in fact, that public schools ought to be required to teach the basics about all world sacred texts, from an impartial standpoint. I think this would go a long way toward eliminating religious intolerance and prejudice.
I checked out Kiesling's link to www.bibleinschools.net and concluded that the course materials and guidelines offered really are top-quality. If it is at all possible to teach the Bible as literature, without promoting any particular religious sect, it has succeeded.
Kiesling said, " Our nation was not founded on the Koran or the Book of Mormon, etc. If one wants to study about those, that information is easily covered in world history or humanities courses." I agree. But why not also cover the Bible in those classes?
TRACY HALL JR.
Provo Canyon, Utah