Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, July 13, 2015

Prayer for all

Marriage equality (what the Supreme Court affirmed in its ruling on Friday) is both about equal rights and recognizing that the ideals of love born from the covenantal relationship of marriage can be shared by heterosexual and same-sex couples alike.

Even as we celebrate, we are reminded that this victory is not enough and we must not pause too long without seeking a deeper community that truly respects the inherent worth and dignity of every person and holds all in life-giving love. We pray:

May all people know love.

Love for the single person and love for the coupled.

Love for the child and love for the aged.

Love for those with children of their own,

Love for those unable to conceive or whose life has not afforded them the possibility of having children.

Love for the wealthy and love for the poor.

Love for the gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender and straight.

Love for the healthy and love for the sick.

Love for the black person and love for the white person,

Love for every person under the rainbow of skin color.

Love for the broken-hearted and love for the heart overflowing.

Love for the widower and love for the newly in love.

May all people know love.

Love that is our rock, our comfort and consoler.

Love that is air that teaches us to fly.

Love that is faithful, that greets us in surprising places, that brings us closer to God.

May all people know love.


-- The Rev. Cassandra Howe


Rights denied

As the fervor over the Confederate flag roars forward, the issue of equal rights are being abused. Whites comprise 75 percent of the taxpayers and are, for the present, the majority. My right to love as many flags as I desire is shared by possibly a minority, but we, too, have an issue with being denied our rights.

The Confederate flag is doomed due to the actions of one. The vast majority of those raising hell are the very ones who are themselves eroding American democracy.

-- Joe Hubbard


Expect more?

I do not know whose idea it was to flood the White House with rainbow colors following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, but I think it was very ugly, degrading and in very poor taste. Why did I expect anything more?

-- M.H.Nixon