Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 01/17/2013


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A powerful work

Regarding the Dec. 28 article on First Congregational Church and the Mass for Peace, finally the truth comes out, except it seems First Congregational Church dropped the ball at some point.

The five minutes couldn't happen (first of all because it would've totally disrupted the Mass). I thought the excuse of offending service men attending the Mass was rather lame.

Five months ago a committee of three (two from First Congregational Church) decided to include the Mass in the Mel Larimer series.

They must have felt it was OK to perform the whole piece.

Now you see what has transpired as a result of the board ruling and the truth not being told when that ruling was made.

Jeff Cobb had the terrible task — deciding whether or not to go ahead with the performance.

We had rehearsed for 2½ months to make this Mass the wonderful work that it was.

As a chorale member (and choir director), I probably would have done the same.

It was the most powerful, lovely, horrible, incredible work I've ever sung. I hope we get to sing the whole piece in the future.

Karl Jenkins wrote the Mass for all those who died in Kosovo.

Jane Karel

Maple City

Readers deserve better

The only rationale I could muster for the inclusion of Susan Stamper Brown's Dec. 27 column "Can we slow moral decline?" among your editorial page writers was to generate a response of, in a word; incredulity.

In my Google search attempt to establish some reputable journalistic background on Ms. Brown, there was a glaring absence of such citing or links.

Relegated to accessing her personal website, I found the "about me" section to be insipid, lacking any mention of educational, professional or award-recognition.

Is there some associative impression we are to get in seeing, at the end of her column, that it is "distributed by Cagle Cartoons?"

If so, then it must be that this writer is truly "a joke."

What's not funny is that the Record-Eagle has given her space for espousing (in a single column, no less) a plethora of unsubstantiated ultra-conservative views.

From the non-sequitur (linking banning God in the public squares to recent mass shootings) to her dependence on Evangelical author Philip Yancey's version of Eastern European history, such editorializing only demonstrates zealotry and pathetically poor standards of journalism.

Readers of all political persuasions deserve better; oh how I pine for Ellen Goodman.

David Johnson