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Right to own beliefs

November 17, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

(In a recent letter to the editor), John Saari stated categorically "There is no Mother Nature" and commanded "You will no longer refer to Mother Nature."

I'm not sure to whom he was addressing his command. The newspaper? The world at large?

Apparently, he would like to impose his beliefs on everyone in the country, or perhaps everyone in the world. Luckily, the laws of our country prevent him from such imposition.

Imagine if non-Christian people got upset and wrote letters to the editor at every public mention of "God" or "Christmas" or "Easter." There would be no room for anything else in the newspaper, especially during cold and flu season when every sneeze might lead to another letter.

Believe whatever you want to believe, Mr. Saari. And be content that some of us do not believe as you do but are still good people who pay our taxes and sweep our sidewalks and do not try to interfere in your life as you appear to want to intrude into ours.

Fact Box

he Daily Mining Gazette welcomes letters to the editor from readers.

Letters should be signed and include name, address and telephone number. Names will not be withheld and letters should be no longer than 400 words. No personal attacks. Writers are limited to one letter per month. The Gazette reserves the right to edit letters for length, as well as for spelling and punctuation.

Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Daily Mining Gazette, P.O. Box 368, Houghton, MI 49931. Letters may also be e-mailed to or submitted on the Gazette's Web site,, by clicking on "Submit News."

Judy Steffel




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