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 Commentary July 22nd, 2010     

The Editor

Letters to the Editor

I have read your recent commentary about the Arizona Immigration Statute, as well as the First Circuit's ruling upholding a similar statute in the State of Delaware.

Unfortunately, most of the support for the Arizona statute is fundamentally misplaced. The issue is not whether the content of the statute is proper under the United States Constitution; rather, whether any state government has the power to govern in an area which the Constitution reserves for the Federal Government. We are a Federalist system, in which the Constitution gives the national government preemptive powers over the state governments in certain areas of law. That is the procedural doctrine of Federal Supremacy, long upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. For that reason, Arizona has no business governing in this area. This is  legislative matter for Congress, not the Arizona state legislature.

I believe that the Arizona law will be struck down, as it should be under our system of government. There are frequently conflicts in rulings between the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and I have confidence that the Justice Department will work toward a resolution of a conflict in this particular area.

/s/David R. Ortega
Temecula, California

More Thoughts on Immigration

Lyle, I think that the issue of immigration has become a world-wide moral issue. Hopefully the Arizona issue will give us a chance to consider our planet's survival with its explosive population growth. Continuing to depend upon wars, famine, and natural disasters for growth control is unacceptable. 

/s/Lita Bowles
San Marcos, CA.

Government In Action

Dear Mr. Davis,

I watched last night’s City Council meeting on the internet this morning and wanted to send a note.  

I was sorry to see the City opt to continue with business as usual, as opposed to giving serious consideration to the incredible cost-savings that your offer represented.  And, while it’s probably true the North County Times likely has a larger physical circulation than that of The Paper, you both have an equal internet presence.

Truthfully, I was unfamiliar with your publication until today.  But, once I found you on the internet, I was pleasantly surprised to find a local gem.  

If you ever want material on local construction activity, we would be pleased to be a source of information.  You can view summaries of the information that we report on our website.  Our Big Picture page (http://www.buildingvelocity.com/big%20picture.html) may be of interest.

Best regards,
/s/Mark Watson

Damned Good Feature!

Lyle: Sorry to use such a strong adjective, but your slave narratives piece is the best thing you've run since that guy wrote about his airplane adventures a while back. Well done, my friend!

/s/Dick Daniels
Escondido, CA.

USS Indianapolis Story

Lyle, you are right. the story of the USS Indianapolis did bring out my emotions when I read it. There are no horror movies, stories, or books, true or fiction, that can beat the Indianapolis story. Well done! I will be looking for Mr. Ballard`s stories in upcoming editions of "The Paper."

Thank you!
/s/Angelo Caruso

Editor’s Note:  Mr. Caruso will be pleased to see that this week’s cover story, “The Hairy Handed Gents,” is written by Kent Ballard.  He has at least one other writing assignment from us for another cover story.  Stay tuned.  It just gets better and better.

Response to Commentary

Thank you for sending me Mr. Lyle Davis's commentary article on "A Warning and a Dire Prediction" that recently appeared in The Paper. I agree with 90% of everything that Davis wrote.

Because the Obama administration does not listen to We the People, there will come a day when the more militant Militias will initiate an insurrection and start attacking and destroying government facilities. Obama will declare Martial Law and the "killing fields" will begin to occur throughout the United States. The usurper will start throwing people into his FEMA Emergency Centers (actually, I call them concentration camps) as a state of tyranny ripples throughout the country.

We the People will need to go underground to assist the nationwide insurgency. Asymmetrical warfare will prevail throughout the states. We have several retired military generals who are very unhappy with the way the usurper is taking our country. After the insurrection starts, they will be ready to lead the nationwide effort of 3-5-member insurgent cells. Some states will secede from the Union. A military coup will take place. When things finally get turned around and Obama and his cronies are arrested by the military coup, our country will then revert back to the America we all know and love where freedom reigns supreme.

Those in the administration who are arrested will be tried and, if found guilty, executed for high crimes and misdemeanors, treason, and for turning America into a Marxist-socialist state. Freedom and liberty will then return to the great United States of America! This is the scenario I see playing out in our country. Along with Mr. Davis's "dire warning and prediction," that scenario above is my dire warning and prediction.

Respectfully,
/s/Bob Uda, USAF Veteran
Loyal American and Patriot
San Marcos, CA.

More on the Commentary

Lyle,

I can't argue that the country is not in trouble and I won't dispute that those who have been elected to run the country collectively seem to ignore the current outcry for less   government, less debt and more individual freedom. 

However, if, as you suggest, the "people" rise up and physically eject their elected officials and their appointed bureaucrats what do the "people" replace them with?  Personally, I'm not comfortable with the notion that our populace is so insightful that they could overnight install a replacement government that (1) understood our constitution and would zealously comply with it and (2) did not have the same desire for power and wealth that the incumbents possess.

I still maintain that we have exactly the kind of government our people have (to some extent unknowingly) asked for.  Setting aside what people say, what folks do is cast their ballots for those that promise, or have previously proven to, enrich them.  That "What's in it for me"attitude is personified by todays' special interest groups, which is where the money and real power resides.  If we really want a government that is responsive to the "People," we have to find a way to limit the power grip that all special interest organizations bring to bear upon those who would govern us. 

Lets all be careful of what we ask for.

It's not the poor boob that naively runs for office in the hope of "Changing" things that I worry about.  I'm more concerned about the "King Makers" and their manipulation of the electorate and the electoral process that have made us what we are.

/s/Sid Colquitt
Escondido, CA.

And Still More . . .

Lyle:

You forgot to mention that the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong had American News Media and Political Correctness helping to defeat America. Three Million Southeast Asian civilians died at the hands of the Communists since 1975 when we left Viet Nam.

I call the greater problem (beyond the Obama adminstration and current Congress) "The Lawyer Thing." The title of the book I want to write is "Public Enemy Number One!  It will delve into the many examples of how right and wrong takes a back seat to winning an argument, the base of our problems. All of  our problems in society have this common denominator. This is epitomized by our legal system and  political processes. The Ten Commandments, Constitution, and Golden Rule are frequently ignored. The American people were taught to live by these values, and when we see our leadership wallow in lies and hypocrisy, we get fed up with the BS. I won't predict guerilla warfare at this time, but I see why you might. We have become a nation "Of the Lawyers" to a greater degree than "Of the People." It took time to get this way, and it will take time to get back to basic values. Perhaps if you help me write the book, we can make a difference.  

/s/John Puhek,
San Marcos, CA

Likes the Ponies . . .

Thank you for running the article, dated July 15, 2010, regarding Del Mar. Very thorough and enjoyable to read. I hope to see more articles from Mr Gomez.

/s/Denise Dotson
Orange County, CA.

More Pony Fans . . .

To the Editor:

I just read the article you published July 15 about the Horse Racing season at Del Mar.  It was very thoughtful and informative, with great prose, and no fluff, and most of all inspirational. I've not been to the races in a number of years, and this article inspired me to pay the Del Mar oval a few visits this season.

/s/Miguel Romero
Escondido, Ca.

Still More on Del Mar . .

After reading "Horse-Racing Fever - Del Mar Style" feature by Frederick Gomez in your July 15 issue, I can't wait for the season to start!

In this era of sound-bite journalism, it's refreshing to be able to read such an in-depth, well-written and well-researched article. Mr. Gomez's love for horses and Del Mar really shine through. I hope to read more from him soon!

/s/Ken Ables
San Diego

From the Author . . .

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dear Lyle: 

Just managed to pick up a copy of my article, but thanks so much for the offer, anyway.  I compliment you on the layout graphic design and photos that you used to complement the storyline.  Very impressive on your part, I must say! 

The photos, themselves, are visually powerful and seem to almost vibrate right off the page!

Thanks Lyle, for the kind 'bio' at the conclusion of my article.  You are a man of style and substance, and it reflects greatly in the manner that you run The Paper.

I wish you nothing but the best in life.  God bless.

/s/Frederick Gomez
Escondido, CA.

On the Masons . . .

Kudos for another excellent, informative feature article in your May 13th issue. My father was just a passive Mason and my father-in-law very active, who had the Ritual at his funeral. 

I never seriously asked either of  them to explain Freemasonry to me. This is why I especially appreciated your article. Considering the solemnity of the occasion, the fact that you felt lied upon would have been upsetting. Rather than a lie, I would have probably considered it a misunderstanding or a difference in the interpretation of the word "religious." 

I can't possibly imagine anyone having an incentive or reason to deliberately lie and not respect the kind of request you made.

/s/Henry M. Sanford
San Marcos, CA.

Freemasonry

Cover Story

Dear Mr. Davis:

A Brother Mason passed me a copy of your May 13, 2010, feature article in "The Paper" at our monthly Stated Meeting dinner last night and suggested I read it.

(http://thecommunitypaper.com/archive/2010/05_13/index.php)

I just finished the article on Freemasonry and want to thank you for writing such a well-written article on the Masonic fraternity.  I was particularly happy to read that your father was a Freemason, but saddened to hear about your bad experience at his Masonic funeral.

I am the current Master of La Mesa Lodge, No. 407 and also a certified Funeral Master.  I've officiated at many Masonic funerals and have come to appreciate the care and attention that the Brothers who penned the California Funeral Ritual gave to their effort.  I'm sorry that the Brother you spoke to in Florida misled you about the religious nature of that jurisdiction's funeral service.  I expect that he may have done so out of ignorance and not intentional deceit, however.  He simply may not have fully grasped your perspective.  Being a Funeral Master doesn't necessarily equate to being a Rhodes Scholar or philosopher, as I can personally attest to. Please remember that Masons are men... and men sometimes make mistakes.

While I'm unfamiliar with the wording of the Florida Masonic funeral ritual, my personal response to your query about the religiousness of our funeral ritual would have been to say that the ceremony is a non-sectarian, non-denominational funeral service, but it does have a religious connotation.  And that dovetails with one of the important principles of Freemasonry - the belief in a Supreme Being, which is a prerequisite to becoming a Freemason.  I would also have given you a copy of the funeral ritual to read beforehand, to assist you in making your decision.

Right now, I'd ask you to consider doing a "Masonic thing," based on your DeMolay experience, and forgive the Brother who misspoke or misled you. Think instead of the Brothers who gave of their time to attend your father's funeral, out of respect for him as a friend and a Brother Mason.  The Funeral Master who performed the actual ceremony was one of those men.  None of the Brothers who attended or performed the ceremony did so for any monetary gain or for self-importance.  They were there for your father, to honor him as a Brother of the Craft.  You didn't mention where the service was held, but often a memorial service is held in a Masonic lodge, which charges no fee for its use... the service is considered a final tribute to the Brother and a last gift to his family.

Sadly, I've performed some funerals where I was the only Freemason in attendance, other than the deceased.  There is never a "good day" for a funeral, and sometimes the Brother's close Masonic friends are unavailable, or already deceased, or the Brother didn't attend a local lodge (often because of old age, infirmity, or loss of interest in going out).  But he still paid dues and probably continued to live a "Masonic life."   A basically good man who tried to better himself and treat others with kindness and respect.  And because of that, the Fraternity was there to provide "a last tribute of our affection" for our Brother ... if that was his wish prior to his demise and the family wished it to be so.  The Fraternity never insists on providing a funeral service for a Brother; it provides one only when asked to do so.

Florida's funeral ritual undoubtedly differs from ours, so I'm attaching an excerpt from our California Funeral Ritual and would ask you to read it and consider the thoughts and ideas expressed therein.  Some writings may seem a bit antiquated, but the ideas which they express seem universal to me.  Your father probably lived by many such thoughts and ideas, as have many men of good character throughout history.  I'd ask you to consider the thoughts behind the words and disregard whatever published source that they may have been taken from.

You might also be interested to know that we conferred a Third Degree on a Hindi Brother in June, obligating him on the Bhagavad-Gita, the Book of Holy writings for his religion.  We have also used a Koran in the past to confer Degrees on a Muslim Brother.  So because some small phrases or passages of the funeral ritual may be taken from the King James version of the Holy Bible by our predecessors, we do recognize that it is not the only source of enlightenment or wisdom.

I've added our lodge's web site below my name, if you're interested in seeing a little of what we're about in La Mesa.  We're a relatively small lodge of just under 180 members.  You may also open our Trestleboard newsletter from the web site, which is used to communicate with our Brothers, their families, and departed Brothers' widows.  And I do hope that someday that you might reconsider joining the Fraternity, as you seem to possess all the qualifications.

In any case, I wish you well and continued success with your excellent publication as editor/publisher.

Very sincerely,
Mike Seiler
Master
La Mesa Lodge, No. 407
www.lamesa407.com

Editor’s Note:  This is one of the longest Letters to the Editor we have allowed to be published.  I felt it was both appropriate and necessary given my comments in the cover story and the simple, direct, eloquent and honest response from Mr. Seiler.  It is one of the most beautiful, well-reasoned letters I have read in some time.  I did, thanks to Mr. Seiler, read the “California Funeral Ritual” and it very closely mirrored the service that was performed at my father’s service.  Mr. Seiler’s suggestion is probably on target, that the brother Mason in Florida who misled me did not do so with the intention to deceive, but simple ignorance of what it was I had requested.  I accept Mr. Seiler’s suggestion: “Right now, I'd ask you to consider doing a "Masonic thing," based on your DeMolay experience, and forgive the Brother who misspoke or misled you.”

He is forgiven.  And my thanks to Mr. Seiler.  I hope to meet you one day.  You impress me as a very special individual. - lyle e davis


 
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