DIANA CONWAY

Time to stop invocations

On March 21, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will vote on an ordinance to delete invocations at its meetings. Some people see this as a war on religion. Not at all. Doing away with prayer at government functions in no way interferes with people’s right to pray at home, in their churches, out loud on radio and TV or silently all day long.

In fact, the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution protects free exercise of religion. But it also prevents secular government from becoming a theocracy.

Public money spent on private schools will not improve education in Alaska

In his Jan. 9 Point of View article part-time resident Joe Balyeat wrote that Alaskans should amend Article 7 of the State Constitution in order to eliminate the sentence “No money shall be paid from public funds for the direct benefit of any religious or other private educational institution.” 

Let’s not undo Roe v. Wade; there are far better options

Abortion is a highly charged emotional issue, as Eileen Becker’s Jan. 17 Point of View commentary makes perfectly clear. But it’s also an issue that goes straight to the heart of our democracy. 

The Supreme Court decision 40 years ago in Roe v. Wade balances the rights of a pregnant woman, her fetus and the state. Far from being a  “notorious” decision leading us to a “culture of death,” as Becker writes, it is a reasonable position that allows individuals of widely different personal views to live peacefully together. 

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