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If the town had kept the Belmont Mill is good repair . . . maybe

To The Daily Sun,

I read with interest a letter in today's papers saying how wonderful the old mill building is in downtown Belmont. The suggestion that the taxpayers would even consider spending money on the old building is foolish. Perhaps, had the town maintained it over the years and not allowed it to become such a mess then, perhaps, we could do something with it.

What don't the selectmen understand — we simply can't afford it — period; end of story. We are already overtaxed beyond our means and the school (department) has seen to that recently. If you want to buy the mill you will need to first give taxpayers a huge break as of now they can't afford it period. Sell it. Rent it. But do not buy it under any circumstances. The building is not worth the estimated costs to renovate, etc.

If the building is owned by the town and thus by the taxpayers then we should say no to this foolish idea. Many of us would love to own waterfront property or drive a Lincoln, but no we really can't afford them, and the taxpayers of Belmont can't afford this either.

Don Irvin

Belmont

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Article 6 bans religious test as prerequisite for public service

To The Daily Sun,

Besides being wrong about the Indiana RLRA, Don Ewing is wrong about the foundation of our nation. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Judeo-Christian values do not underlie this supremacy in any way, shape or form. There is no mention of God, Jesus or Christianity. They ignored God in writing the Constitution. It is a godless and secular document.

Article 6 not only states that the Constitution is the supreme law, it bans religious test-oaths for public service which clearly places the Constitution in neutral territory regarding religion. It is not Judeo-Christian in the slightest. Don Ewing is part of that Christian reconstructionist crowd that keeps trying to revise history so they can use the government as a policy tool. Also mentioned in Article 6 is that treaties made in pursuant to the Constitution are part of this supreme law. The Treat of Tripoli stated unequivocally in Article 11 that"the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion..." See treaty image here.[1] I highly recommend the book, LIARS FOR JESUS by Chris Rodda which delves into all the ways the revisionists lie about our founding era.

We all know about Thomas Jefferson's letter that declared the First Amendment to be a wall of separation. Jefferson meant both ways, but Liars for Jesus say he just meant keeping the state from interfering with the church. This is more nonsense which tries to keep alive the ancient and medieval relationship where the church could dictate religious matters to the state. Destroying the one-way wall of the fundamentalists is a letter written by one of the main architects of the Constitution.

On March 2, 1819, more than 30 years after leading the way in drafting and framing the United States Constitution, James Madison's wrote to Robert Walsh, "The civil government, though bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability, and performs its functions with complete success, whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State." See letter here.[2]

Read it again. TOTAL separation FROM the State, Don.

[1]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/TreatyofTripoli.gif
[2]http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/04-01-02-0378

James Veverka
Tilton

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