To the Editor:
Doing fine without us
We tried to force democracy in Viet Nam and the cost was high. We left and now people actually vacation in Viet Nam.
The [Vietnamese] have done fine without us. We try to push our beliefs on every nation.
How can we, when we cannot even care for ourselves properly?
To the Editor:
Open hearts and minds
My husband and I attended PRIDE on June 1. We are two heterosexuals who have many GLBT friends and attend a church that is all affirming and welcomes everyone, no matter who you are or where you’re at on life’s journey.
What we experienced at PRIDE was a time where all GLBT’s come together no matter their race or sex to enjoy a day of music, food, friendship, economic information and vital community awareness. There were booths set up regarding public information. The Nashville Peace and Justice Center, the ACLU, the Nashville Equality Project, gay friendly real estate agents, vital health organizations and the American Chapter for Separation of Church and State are just to name a few.
There were also religious organizations that had taken the initiative to organize information and committees welcoming all, reminding everyone to “Love one another as I have loved you”.
Our decision to attend Pride was because we support and love our friends and because PRIDE is an important event to them, PRIDE has become an important event to us! While we weren’t too sure of what to expect, what we experienced was a time of love and friendship with no worries of criticism or gawking because you want to hold your partner’s hand.
What I witnessed last Saturday were a group of people who pay mortgages and worry about crime, are concerned about peace and global warming along with the rising prices of gas and food. A group of people who want the best education for their children and want every American to have health insurance. People who pay taxes and vote.
They even take their garbage out to the street, just like we do! People just like me, except for the fact that they are gay.
What I am saying is that no one should judge anyone until you actually get to know that person. Know who they are and how they think. Our GLBT friends are the most loving and welcoming group of people that we have the joy to know.
Open your minds and your heart about individuals who are gay and I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
Sheila A. Hobson
To the Editor:
Sitting this one out?
I attended the [John] McCain town hall meeting [on June 7] in Nashville, and two questions were asked of McCain by members of the general public that are noteworthy.
Senator McCain was first asked “what or who is the supreme authority in your life, and how will it be evident in your presidency?” McCain responded by telling a story of a sympathetic guard in the POW camp where he was imprisoned and finished with “that’s the one person I’ve always wanted to see again” before moving on to the next question.
The question about his faith was not directly answered but instead sidestepped by taking the audience on a journey of his experience as a POW.
Personally I don’t care what religion or faith McCain subscribes to, but he is a coward for not answering the question. If he didn’t want to respond then he should’ve said so and moved on to the next question.
Senator McCain also used similar tactics when asked about his stance on immigration. After jumping to the previous question, fumbling around, and then coming back to the immigration question he stated, “all of us are created equal.”
I think it’s pretty obvious that his answer shows he is pro-illegal immigration and has a desire for amnesty. Regardless of where you stand on that issue wouldn’t you rather be told upfront what the candidate stands for? Wouldn’t you rather be treated like a mature adult who can handle a difference of opinion?
McCain knows that both faith and illegal immigration are hot topics here and his response to these direct questions prove that he does not have respect for Nashvillians or he would’ve answered the questions head-on. It’s also ironic that Senator McCain uses the slogan “Straight Talk” when he doesn’t have enough resolve to answer simple questions like this. How can he function as President with this kind of disregard for the opinion of the average American?
Like many other disenfranchised Republicans I am still unsure if I will vote for the Libertarian candidate Bob Barr, the Constitutional candidate Chuck Baldwin, write-in Congressman Ron Paul, or simply sit out the November election.
To the Editor:
A cure for what ails us
I wanted to write to express my support for H.R. 676 that extends Medicare benefits to all U.S. citizens.
As a father of two and a committed husband struggling to pay for the basic essentials, now more than ever, we need a health plan that we can actually afford, and a health plan where we can actually afford to get sick and not go bankrupt.
After careful consideration of the real facts concerning the health insurance industry (I currently work in it), I have come to the conclusion that passage of H.R. 676 is the only way to accomplish affordable and dependable health care and health care reimbursement for myself, my family, and my fellow Americans.
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