Court Nominee Sounds Like a Founding Father

Re "A Bad Fit for a Key Court," editorial, Nov. 5: You view President Bush's nominee to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Judge Janice Rogers Brown, as holding a "startling view for someone who would be charged with reviewing government actions." All the nominee said was: "Where government advances -- and it advances relentlessly -- freedom is imperiled, community impoverished, religion marginalized and civilization itself jeopardized."

So here's a test. Who said: "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground"? Or: "Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master"? Try Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, respectively.

Startling? The nominee sounds more like one of the founders to me.

Donald Hagler

San Marino


Re "Nominee Is Critical of Big Government," Nov. 6: Prior to this article, I was in favor of Brown's confirmation, but as a result of reading the quoted excerpts from her speeches, I no longer support her nomination to the Court of Appeals. She should be president.

Larry Parkins

Garden Grove

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