I've been thinking about writing to the Tribune about Gov. Palin recently, but Ms. Harrop took care of it for me perfectly!I especially liked her comments about how Gov. Sarah is taking Alaskans for a financial ride with her expense accounts for self and family. We're so fortunate she won't be doing that to the other 49 states. — Guy Parker, Prospect

The Seattle Parks Board and a Portland judge have both declared that it's not against the law to be nude in public, even in view of children. But we (gays and lesbians) are not allowed to be legally married.

Thomas Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, "People of faith have been intimidated for simply expressing their democratic rights." Frank Schubert declared that we (gays and lesbians) "... do not have the right to harass and intimidate people." Frank Schubert is the co-manager of the Yes on 8 campaign.

Oh, I see. It's OK to pass laws against an entire population of U.S. citizens based solely on who we are, and "harass and intimidate" us with ceaseless ballot initiatives and granting tax-exempt status to institutions who donate substantial amounts of money in order to deny us equal rights. It's also OK to "let it all hang out" in front of children.

Thank you, Seattle and Portland, Mr. Schubert and Mr. Monson, for clarifying what rights nudists and Mormons, as U.S. citizens, have in a free and democratic society. — Gwin DeMatteo, Phoenix

The right to protest is covered under our Constitution's guarantee of free speech. I'm not sure the framers of that document had in mind what today is called protest — the unruliness, the epithets and the hatred hurled at fellow citizens in the name of protest.

Have we reached a level of incivility and poor manners that we must shout our opponents down? Have we reached the point where we cannot abide by the popular will and vote of the people?

I grieve for a country where a black president-elect receives hate mail because of his color — I grieve for a country where its citizens take to the streets in violent demonstrations over a law opposing gay marriage lawfully passed by California's voters.

Thinking men and women will never completely agree on every issue. Thank God we live in a country where we are free to disagree; however, I hope we will remember that we are neighbors of all shapes, colors and mindsets — civility and good manners should rule our actions.

As a great man once said, "I may disagree with what you say but I will defend until death your right to say it." — Don Skundrick, Medford

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