Letters to the Editor
Gay couples deserve same privileges
In school, years ago, my class was asked to write a paper. The topic? A definition of love. I received an A because I defined love as the ultimate life force, without which we cannot live. So please explain to me why we would deny this life force to those whose love is differently expressed?
I am a heterosexual grandmother. Homosexual marriage has no impact on my life at any level. It is, frankly, none of my business, except that it is my right to fight against the kind of prejudice that allows one part of the population to forcibly impose its beliefs on the rest of us.
On the subject of marriage "between one man and one woman," at least 50 percent divorce. Many of these marriages do not involve religion. Some are not the result of love, but the the desire for financial or social advancement.
If some churches refuse to marry gay couples, this is their right. If they do, this is their decision. We have freedom of religion.
With all the problems in the world today, to make gay marriage an issue, is, in my opinion, an evil ploy to distract us from the real problems of our society.
And please don't quote the Bible to me; the Bible also advocates slavery and stoning women to death for adultery. (Not, you notice, the men!) On the other hand, didn't Jesus say "Judge not, lest thou be judged" and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?"
So please let us remember that we are all created in God's image and try to live up to that. And remember, everything that Hitler did was, at that time, legal in Germany.
Espousing gay marriage an assault
Once again, the liberals have launched another assault on the religious underpinnings of our country by espousing gay marriage. I ask them to supply any support from any of the Founding Fathers for this position.
Now many of the liberals will state the Bible doesn’t specifically address homosexuality and also cite Jesus’ references to love your neighbor, etc. I would recommend people in this country refer to Genesis, Chapter 19 and go from verse 4 covering the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. If they cannot determine from this reading a major cause of the destruction of these two cities plus others was homosexuality, they need some comprehension courses. Additionally, a review of history shows the Roman Empire failing and a contributing cause - homosexuality and a loss of morals.
Let there be no doubt. Both parties have the pursuit of money as their number one priority and the lesbian/gay community represents tremendous monies for the liberals. The lesbian/gay community which represents about 3 percent of our nation has more clout than the black community (13 percent), or Hispanic community (16 percent) since they give more money. Additionally, I could argue they have more clout than our military who fight - and die - so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.
The only positive aspect I see is it would lower the percentage of abortions for married couples and allow President Obama the opportunity to take credit for the reduction.
Robert J. Frost
Gossett stands up for Rehoboth Beach trees
Rehoboth Beach is one of the most beautiful places anyone could live in and visit. One of the elements that creates this beauty is the wonderful trees that enhance our neighborhoods.
It has come to my attention over the last several months as a commissioner that despite the excellent tree ordinance passed by our mayor and commissioners in 2006, more needs to be done. On property around town, trees are disappearing and buildings are going up in their place.
The mitigation measures in the ordinance are not effective enough to save the beauty of our city.
It is clear that we need to work quickly to enhance and revise the ordinance to be sure its purpose is carried out before we lose more of our precious trees.
I plan to bring this issue before the mayor and commissioners at our next workshop meeting, and to revive the process begun last year to pass revisions that will lead to clearer guidelines, better enforcement, and more responsible tree preservation to protect the character of our neighborhoods. I welcome citizen involvement in this process and want to hear any ideas that will help us accomplish this goal.
Mariner Middle thanks community
The Mariner Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations to the Chinese auction held in April. The auction raised over $1,000.
Proceeds from the auction will be going to four local youth sports organizations, Cape Vikings Pop Warner Football, Lewes Little League, Milton Little League and Henlopen Soccer Club.
They include: Accents, Mary Kay Products - Terry Suess, Affirmed Fire, Miltonian Pizzeria, Apriori, Movies at Midway, Arena’s, Nicola, Avon, Pampered Chef - Karen Webb, Bad Hair Day, Pat’s Pizzeria, Barker Therapy and Rehab., Pizza Palace - Rehoboth, Blooming Boutique, Pizza Villa, Calvin Klein, Pohanka of Salisbury, Candy Kitchen, Quest Fitness, Casapulla’s South, Quiet Storm, Cookie Lee Jewelry - Shannon Fowler, Rehoboth Car Wash, Coolspring Cottage, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Cracker Barrel, Staples, CrossFit - Lewes, Subway - Milton, Dairy Queen, Surf Bagel, Deanna’s, Sussex Pines Golf Course, Decal Girl, The Buttery Restaurant, Domino’s Pizza, The MedSpa & Salon, Eric Gooch, Thirty One - Monica Sipes, Greene Mountain Coffee, Tiger Lily, Greene Turtle, Vera Bradley - Kay Copp-Moore, Henlopen Bait and Tackle, Walmart, Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant, Wild Quail Golf and Country Club, Jungle Jim’s, Kids Ketch, Kite Loft, Lewes Bake Shoppe, Lia Sophia - Judy Camp Sabota, Lids, Little Egg Harbor Soap Company.
Thank you again for your generosity. Local young people will benefit.
Mariner Middle School