President's Religion Shouldn't Matter

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President's Religion Shouldn't Matter


Presidents religion shouldnt matter

In response to Robert Grahams letter, "Whatever Obama is, hes not a Christian," Mr. Graham stated that "Obamas religious faith is demonstrated in his left-wing political beliefs." Its too bad that we have a continuing need to label someones faith. Because someone attends a certain church does not mean they believe or accept every aspect of what is taught. Religion is a personal (and I wish private) matter that, unfortunately, is ingrained in our political system. JFK made it clear when he became president, that he would make decisions that were best for the country and not necessarily best for Catholics. Everyone will choose their own religion or choose none. That is what we believe in, in America. The president cant always be of "your religion." If Obama is Christian or BLT ... he is not my religion. There are many religious affiliations in this country, and the president is not your spiritual leader. The president runs the country and hopefully surrounds himself with the most qualified people, whether they are left-wing or right-wing, men or women from all cultures and religions. My hope is that we, as Americans, would be tolerant enough to support Barack Obama in seeking advice from all available sources. It really doesnt matter if the president is Christian or atheist, conservative or liberal. What matters is the president being wise enough to seek knowledge and understanding from those who know more than he does about any given issue. Other things matter too, but religion is not one of them.

Cheryle Ruceis

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Garden plot views should be fact-based

On behalf of the Naperville Park District, I need to correct some inaccuracies made by Albert Cain in the garden plots article that ran on Nov. 15. Due to space, I have kept my responses brief; however, the complete letter can be viewed at napervilleparks.org.

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