Editorial had it wrong?on religious freedom

In the June 23 editorial, "No war on religious freedom," the inalienable right that "all men are created equal and endowed by their creator" does not come from the government, but from the consent of the governed. The founders first outlined the moral foundation of a free society, and only then turned to government to secure these rights.

The Fortnight of Freedom is not political but about freedom of conscience. Obligating employers to offer contraceptive services for health insurance plans provided by Catholic schools, nursing homes and hospitals forces their consumers to pay for these services, violates their consciences and is against Catholic Church laws. This is against religious liberties.

Discrimination against Catholics has existed for years, and has escalated as secularism grows. Catholics, Christians, Jews and Muslims suffer injustices, and in parts of the world they are being driven out of their homelands.

Priests who violated their chastity and the hierarchy cover up causes deep shame for faithful priests and laity. It is outrageous, and demands justice.

There is no campaign against American nuns. This is misinformation. The Vatican is investigating "The Leadership Conference of Religious Women," a body of superiors of certain religious orders they lead, and who have publicly embraced and teach certain social issues of today that are not in compliance with the laws of the Roman Catholic Church.

Only these orders are being examined. Catholic nuns are admirable wonders who dedicate their lives to aiding the poor, sick, lonely, orphans, widows, imprisoned, those with disabilities and much more. Their schools excel. Catholic nuns founded the first schools in the United States. God bless our nuns.

Rosemary Mumbach



Consider resurrecting? Larkin administration

As we seek to raise the City of Buffalo to world-class status, we might rethink the tragic irony that the site of the venerable Larkin Administration Building currently exists in the form of a parking lot. At its founding, the success of the Larkin Soap Company was dependent on the railway system for shipment of mail order goods. In subsequent years, proliferation of the automobile opened the flood gates to department store consumerism and, predictably, the fall of Larkin Company. As is, the parking lot shines like a nail in the coffin of the Larkin idea – an idea based on the American Transcendentalist ethos of 19th century Chicago.

Conceptualized by Larkin and company and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the idea was realized by 1914 in the form of the Larkin Administration Building. With moral compass in hand, why not peel back the asphalt pavement, cast regenerative light upon the old footprint and consider its significance, in a gesture of gratitude to the visionary John D. Larkin, founder and namesake of the affectionately touted Larkinville.

Jennifer Gajewski



Holder's ignorance excuses?should not wash with the public

I feel I must respond to Eugene Robinson's June 23 defense of Attorney General Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious scandal.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives knew up front that what it was doing was illegal. Is it too much for the American public to know why they did it anyway?

Holder keeps insisting he was unaware of Fast and Furious, but for an operation of that size to go on without his knowledge says he is either incredibly inept, is lying or both, none of which inspires much confidence in the Justice Department he heads.

Do you really believe these drug cartels with their millions, if not billions of dollars, are shopping at mom and pops gunships, or maybe Walmart?

Robinson claims Holder has testified nine times. Maybe if he had been truthful the first time the other eight might have been unnecessary. I don't think that's too much to ask from our top law enforcement official. He has been obstructing this investigation for 18 months, now only five more to go until after elections.

This whole mess was about blaming the United States for Mexico's problems and rampant corruption.

We have plenty of gun laws on the books. Now, what we need is aggressive enforcement and harsh penalties for violators.

A history lesson apparently missed by Holder and Obama says that crime doesn't end careers; cover up does. We can only hope.

Gary Chamberlain



Supreme Court justices?have exchanged their robes

With the Supreme Court's ruling upholding affordable health care by reclassifying the law as a tax, the justices have decided that they wanted "in" on the lucrative business of "constitutional collision repair." By abandoning their traditional role of finding constitutional flaws in legislation they have instead opted to repair legislation (therefore becoming a constitutional collision shop) to pound out any constitutional noncompliance.

The Statue of Liberty has as it's inscription – "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

Now the Supreme Court has hijacked that saying and it now reads – "Give me your convoluted, your poorly written legislation, your huddled masses of lobbyists yearning to breathe the foul air of political expediency, the wretched refuse of incumbents pouring from teeming sewers. Send these, the big government politicians, unapologetic of their greed to me, I will shut my eyes as they make off with the golden door."

Sadly, the Statue of Liberty has become the Statue of Political Expediency.

Matthew R. Powenski



Bills team is doing?quite fine on profits

I must take exception to the July 5 News editorial, "Bills owe it to the fans: Team should look favorably on rule limiting television blackouts of games," that it would be unfortunate if the issue of Bills game blackouts entered the negotiations for stadium renovations and a new lease, between the Bills and Erie County. The News' rationale is that "the Bills organization needs to make a profit."

Exact numbers are hard to come by, but The News itself has reported as recently as 2011 that the average NFL team makes a $25 million dollar profit annually (after taxes, salaries, etc.) and that the Bills' profits are above average.

I have a suggestion for owner Ralph Wilson – take $10 million annually, mortgage the improvements on the stadium yourself and pay it off in 10 years. Of course, that would leave him with "only" $15 million dollars (or more) per year, but he should be able to live on that.

Angelo F. Coniglio