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May 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 05/12/2012

One's own business

A March 27 letter says "I am against the homosexuals." I wonder who the letter writer has in mind. The gay people I know tend to be intelligent, funny, kind — it's difficult to find a reason to be against them. Perhaps it's more famous gay people she's against — like Rock Hudson, Susan B. Anthony, David Niven, Gertrude Stein, Leonardo da Vinci, Alan Turing, Alexander the Great, Jesus ("Was Jesus gay? Probably", The Guardian, April 20). Well, maybe Alexander was a bit too aggressive, but when it comes to the others, what's not to like?

One complicating factor: Sometimes people are strongly opposed to homosexuals because of repressed tendencies in themselves. Long observed anecdotally, this has now been confirmed scientifically ("Homophobic? Maybe You're Gay", New York Times, April 27).

Of course sexual preference should be only one's own business, if everyone is treated equally. But gay people are not; in Michigan they are not allowed to marry whom they love, and are thus denied the many benefits of marriage — financial, legal, and otherwise. In fact, Michigan is one of the worst states in the union when it comes to gay rights ("Gay rights in the US", The Guardian, May 8).

Barbara Abbott

Lake Leelanau

No exception to ban

We rarely agree with the Record-Eagle, but the opinion regarding lifting the smoking ban for the Father Fred Cigar Fund Raiser is right on.

As Catholics, we are appalled that Sen. Walker would even propose such a ban; he was elected to represent all the people.

Once you make an exception to the ban you set a precedent that everyone else will reference, and eventually we will be back to having to breathe in secondhand smoke, have food in salad bars covered with the residue and businesses will have the additional expense of cleaning.

Prior to the article on May 6, we wrote Sen. Walker and suggested he have it at his house; your suggestion of renting a tent would make that possible.

We put up tents in parking lots for "fairs," that's another possibility.

Isn't it bad enough that we Catholics have to constantly apologize to the world for the Catholic Church's handling of abusers, now Sen. Walker wants to dump this on us?

We need to show the community that Catholics are responsible. We disagree with Sen. Walker's attempt to create an exception to the smoking ban for the Catholic Church or anyone else.

Mary Skarnulis

Rapid City

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