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WASHINGTON DC - OCTOBER 8:  Cornell Woolridge holds signs as he rallies against money politics Supreme Court WashingtOctober 8

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 8: Cornell Woolridge holds signs as he rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Committee, a first amendment case that will determine how much money an individual can contribute directly to political campaigns. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Updated: November 11, 2013 12:13PM

I am a 13-year-old student at Christ the King Elementary School. I am writing about the controversy surrounding the Ghost hamburger at Kuma restaurant, which includes an unconsecrated communion wafer. I am offended and disgusted that they are allowed to mock my faith in that manner. I also feel that I can’t be the only one mad about this. I can’t understand why no one is doing anything to stop this and take it off their menu.

I realize that under the First Amendment, Kuma’s has the right to make whatever burger it would like to, but disrespecting anyone’s religion is always wrong.

Timmy Guest, Beverly

Conflict with the court

Conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court claim the intent of the framers of the Constitution guides their decisions. Would the framers have defined corporations as “people”? Would they have thought “well-regulated” means “any firearm any time” and “militia” means “single individual”? Would they have thought “free speech” means “unlimited monetary contributions to political candidates”?

If the conservatives on the Supreme Court can rewrite the meanings of First and Second amendments, they can find constitutional intent guaranteeing the richest 1 percent can own most of the nation’s elected officials.

Bob Barth, Edgewater

Right is wrong on Obamacare

Tea Party extremists in the House want to defund the Affordable Care Act before Americans figure out that it’s really a good deal. Obamacare eliminates lifetime limits on important medical expenses, prevents insurers from dropping coverage or raising premiums if you get sick, prohibits insurers from denying coverage if you have a pre-existing condition, guarantees your child can stay on your plan until age 26, caps out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses at $6,400 for an individual and $12,800 for families, and reduces and eventually closes the Medicare Part D doughnut hole for drugs.

Now that the online health care exchanges are open, Republicans are discovering that millions of people want to sign up for Obamacare. Evidently, Americans believe affordable health care is a right and not a privilege. They want access to Obamacare and are ignoring the lies and fear-mongering by Ted Cruze, House Tea Party fanatics led by John Boehner and Fox News. The popularity of Obamacare will soar despite the right-wingers who have shut down the federal government in an attempt to blackmail President Barack Obama into dismantling or defunding it.

I wonder if the conservative Republicans will ever deal with our nation’s budget, infrastructure, energy, immigration, education, veterans and climate change? Maybe they’ll push us into default so the American and world economies nosedive in a futile attempt to prevent progress in the 21st century.

Tom Minnerick, Elgin

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