Our Constitution is the basis for the law of our land. That being said, it most certainly restricts us and defines what our freedoms are and what they are not. The Constitution has been amended many times, which only proves nothing is perfect.

The burning of our flag in a demeaning way is not only an insult to every American citizen, it is a slap in the face to every one of us who served, fought and died for what it represents. Sen. Carper and all the other senators who did not support an amendment to make it illegal to burn our flag in a demeaning fashion should be ashamed of themselves.

A reader asked what type of ID she can get for a 5-month-old. The most common form of ID used for a 5-month-old is the shot record from the pediatrician.

It just amazes me that "raise taxes" is the typical politician's panacea for any budgetary dilemma. It seems "control or cut costs" is always the last consideration.

During the past few months there has been much finger-pointing over who is to blame for the high cost of energy (electricity, gasoline, oil and gas) but no finger pointed in the right direction. Supply and demand have not been allowed to balance out normally. While demand has risen normally, supply has remained flat. Why? Environmental extremist and their brainwashed allies in congress!

They have denied us all the oil and gas available in Anwar and even far out off our many coasts. They placed so many legal obstacles in the way of constructing more nuclear power plants that no more have been built. They have done the same with refineries so that none have been added, which causes costly bottlenecks even when oil is available.

These religious-like zealots would rather see our dependence on foreign oil increase (while they complain about it) and our economy suffer with high energy costs instead of being rational and compromising. Their solution is solar panels on every roof ($30,000 plus per home) or perhaps a wind mill in each backyard and cars about twice the size of a golf cart.

Those who are opposed to a national health insurance program usually bring out a number of bromides to attack that proposal. The first is to refer to the proposed program as socialized medicine. The next is to mention that Canadians come to our country for medical services. And if these two worn out bromides are insufficient to prove their point, they cite increased taxes as a reason to not adopt that plan.

Delaware Secretary of Health and Social Services Vincent Meconi cites a number of valid reasons why our current health care system is broken, among them being, "The United States spends more money per capita than any other county, yet is less healthy." He states further that, "We're paying the highest prices but getting the lowest quality." When Mr. Meconi speaks of quality of care he refers to life expectancy and infant mortality. He states that, "People everywhere from Ireland to Australia live longer than we do in America." As for infant mortality, he states that, "Our country ranks 28th in the world, on par with Croatia and Lithuania."

When a letter writer stated that, "We're looking at increased taxes," he once again revealed his lack of knowledge on this issue. Mr. Meconi states unequivocally that, "There is every likelihood that a national health care system would cost less in dollars, than what the nation pays for now."

I hope that when the writer becomes eligible for Medicare he would not want to be included in that program since by his definition Medicare is "socialized medicine."

Thanks to the Board of Trustees of Wesley College for having the confidence in Dr. Scott Miller's work to have put behind them the plagiarism charges. We have read the entire report. Most of the charges have been dismissed and what remains was never printed or spoken and is questionable, at best. What the report did emphasize was all the good work that Scott Miller has accomplished in his time at Wesley. Wesley has improved and grown, both academically and athletically, and is now a highly regarded small liberal arts college.

In the field of athletics, the college has accomplished much in NCAA Division III competition. And athletics is a very important part of college life. Two years ago, a Wesley student received the Gagliardi Trophy as the outstanding student/athlete nationally in Division III schools.

The curriculum is ever expanding. Not only has enrollment increased, but many new buildings have been added and old ones have been refurbished. Wesley has brought new life and beauty to Dover through Scott Miller's leadership.

However, while we who are gay deeply appreciate the sponsors' motivation and effort and dutifully lobbied for it as something better than nothing, some of us believed H.B. 36 was begrudging, insulting and maintained a second-class status for gays in some of its provisions designed to placate the far right.

If it must fail due to Senate Dixiecrats let us at least have a nondiscrimination bill that educates and does not codify a second-class status. While we have been dithering here in Delaware the world has moved on, and 18 states and the District of Columbia have such a law. Of them, eight protect transgender as well as gay persons. Shamefully, Delaware has no law at all that specifically protects or even mentions transgenders.

I respectfully urge our legislators to craft a truly egalitarian, transgender-inclusive bill that will not already be outdated, incomplete and regressive when it eventually becomes law.

Those who rejected an amendment to protect the Stars and Stripes argue that the Constitution is more important than the flag. Burning a flag, they insist, is a form of free speech.

If they truly wish to protect our First Amendment rights, why did these same people support McCain-Feingold, which, despite an absurd ruling by the Supreme Court, unconstitutionally restricts my free speech as a member of the National Rifle Association?

Hamas' self-proclaimed cease-fire was in name only. As soon as Israel left Gaza last summer, rockets began to rain on southern Israeli towns. Its end was not due to, nor was Israel responsible for, the June 9 deaths on a Gaza beach.

There was no telltale artillery crater and shrapnel removed from the wounded in Israeli hospitals. Most likely, the blast was due to a mine planted to thwart Israeli commandos.

Those Palestinians now in Israeli prisons generally have either perpetrated or facilitated deadly attacks on Israeli civilians. So, no, they shouldn't be negotiated for. Caving in to Hamas extortion to retrieve a single kidnapped Israeli soldier would only enhance Hamas' prestige in the Palestinian streets and invite more of the same. A short-term answer but a long-term disaster.

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