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Opinion Letters

As I watched the news last Thursday night, there was a two to three minute bit about the shooting in Chattanooga that killed four marines and wounded others. Then after that segment comes along about a ten-minute bit relating the Charleston shooting and confederate flag.

Something that happened the same day to something that happened a month ago and the event that took place a month ago still gets precedence. Pres. Obama attended the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

I wonder how many of the fallen marines’ funerals he will be attending?

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The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.

The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices. More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.

Although the precise cause of the outbreak remains uncertain, the horrendous conditions in today’s factory farms make egg and chicken production extremely vulnerable to disease outbreaks, and therefore, not sustainable.

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Having been raised in Catholic Schools for most of my youth I have always admired their educational system as well as their religious doctrine.

Originally, I admired Pope Francis who reportedly moved into smaller quarters and now eats at the cafeteria with the ordinary employees.

But, I must now take issue with him.

His speeches in Latin America demonstrate a total lack of understand of human nature, as well as how capitalist economies operate. He appears critical of people who want to make enough money to be financially secure in their old age. Extrapolating from his comments, we must assume he envisions some great world government taking care of us in our old age and that personal ambition is wrong.

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There have been disparaging comments in the ‘letters to the editor’ section regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage. Troubling concerns have been raised. The moral integrity of our Country has been put in doubt. Alas, millenarian fires have been stoked. Let me be the first to alleviate these concerns, assuage these doubts, and quell these rapturous flames.

Affording homosexuals the same juridical rights as heterosexuals will not initiate the Second Coming. Being born gay or lesbian is not a sin. And, the fear of social and moral decline, mainly from conservatives, is completely unfounded. We are all children of God, made in His image (Imitatio Dei), fashioned by His hand, gay men and lesbian woman not excluded.

Merely stating these truths will not change the minds or eliminate the fears of those concerned about gay marriage. Appealing to science is of no avail when it comes to the conservative mind, as mass climate change denial on the Right has demonstrated. So, I will take the advice of a previous commentator and open my Bible.

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