Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

December 4, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 12/04/2012

Have a nice day

"Have a nice day." When an employee says this to me, I smile and say, "Thank you," and wish them the same.

This employee has probably been on his or her feet all day, working for minimum wage and can still manage a smile.

Mr. Welch (Nov. 18 letter) should check his own facial muscles, get rid of the frown and the nose that appears to be stuck-up.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Jack Dillon

Indian River

Exclusion a disservice

The combined choirs, soloists and orchestra, under the leadership of conductor Jeffrey Cobb, provided the audience with an unforgettable experience (Nov. 11) at the First Congregational Church, Traverse City. "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" was a powerful testimony to the horrors of war and the need for peace in a troubled world.

The censoring of the second movement by the leadership of the First Congregational Church was both inappropriate and a violation of artistic freedom.

A church has the right to control content "from the pulpit," but the church leadership had no right to censor part of a composition performed at a public concert series.

The two-minute "Morning Prayer" from the second movement of the "Armed Man" played a small, but important, role in the artistic fabric of the entire work.

The exclusion of this movement was a disservice to the composer, the performers and the audience.

Ringing in my ears is the resounding call for peace and justice heard in the text of the last movement of the Mass.

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindlier hand.

David Parrish

Traverse City

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