Reading letters like that from Grace Jones (Readers' Forum, March 11) makes it seem to me that the Revolutionary War was all for naught. Remind me again the reason for this Great Experiment.

There are theocracies where Ms. Jones might choose to live, such as Iran, Afghanistan and the Vatican. The desired imposition of her "morals," "values" and bigotry on my life precludes me from enjoying the "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness" promised in the Declaration of Independence.

For the more than 40 years I have been involved in politics, the Republicans have promised tax increases when Democrats gain power, yet I have never noticed drastic increases or decreases in those years. Unfortunately, I do not earn enough to have benefited from Mr. Bush's tax cut for the wealthy.

Ms. Jones sounds hateful and anything but Christian to me — behavior more and more prevalent in this Christian country.

Patsy Washburn

Salt Lake City