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Speak Out: Clarifying separation of church & state

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Updated: May 13, 2012 8:18AM

Clarifying separation of church & state: I would like to respond to the “Separation of church and state” comment. When Jesus said to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, he only meant for people to pay their taxes. As for separation of church and state, it means that our government will not force one religion on the people like England did. That is all it means.

Don’t topple Toppel from crossing guard spot: I read a very interesting article in The Courier-News about the crossing guards in Elgin. It would be a shame to see Jenny Toppel at Coleman School go. When I bought my house on Grove Avenue in 1970, I used to drive past Mrs. Toppel every day. She was a young lady then. She’s like a part of historic Elgin. You hate to see someone like that go. The woman obviously loves her job. She has been good for the kids. I hope they keep her. It’s a beautiful sight to see someone like that last so long.

Frivolous lawsuit: Thanks to Jeff Ward for his wonderful column about the School District U46 lawsuit. A couple of Hispanic parents are complaining that their children were not taken care of properly. This has cost the district $10 million that could have been spent on educational needs for those kids and all of the other kids. My husband and I have a combined 73 years of service to the district, and we never saw anything like what they are talking about. All we saw were people bending over backwards to help Hispanic and other minority children to do the best they could. I hope the judge realizes this is a frivolous lawsuit that should never have been filed in the first place.

A note about the vote: Once again I’m standing in line to do my early voting, and here come three people who are not literate enough in the English language to vote without an interpreter. There is something wrong when people in America who cannot speak, read or write in English are allowed to vote.

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