Cover a poor choice
Re: July 18 article, “Rolling Stone bomber cover infuriates Boston, victims.”
I have subscribed to Rolling Stone for more than 30 years now, but when I saw that cover in my mail on Wednesday, I wrote to them for the first time. Issues of free speech and free press aside, does anyone doubt that this moment in the spotlight is very gratifying to Dzhokharv Tsarnaev? I was also reminded of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show’s most infamous hit, realizing that Tsarnaev had indeed made it big, with his image finally gracing the “Cover of the Rolling Stone.”
Some Arabs are Christians
Re: July 13 article, “Perry plans to visit Israel.”
I get that every potential U.S. presidential candidate has to make a trip to Israel. Gov. Rick Perry is not the first of this early list of governors to make the obligatory pilgrimage. According to the Washington Times report, Gov. Perry plans to bring together Arabs, Christian and Jews in an educational forum. I hope that one of Gov. Perry’s advisers will explain to him that the Christians of Israel and the occupied territories are in fact Arabs. I would have hoped that the American-Statesman would have cleared up this misinformation. I trust that most of your readers know that Arabs (Palestinians) are both Christian and Muslim and that the Palestinian Christians of the area trace their lineage back to the time of Christ.
Re: July 18 letter to the editor, “Abortion debate telling.”
Those banshees included my good friend, who also happens to be my son’s godmother, her daughter and granddaughter (lovely people both), the minister who married my husband and me 26 years ago, several current members of the ministerial staff of my church, and my doctor. None of those folks are either unhinged or have a casual attitude about sex. We are just mothers, fathers, grandfathers, professionals, college students, Christians and voters.
I also invite you to flip over to the obituary for Anne C. McAfee, mother of 5, grandmother and great-grandmother, who passed away after becoming ill at the demonstration. I doubt she was a promiscuous villain, such as you describe. Shame on you for such blatant stereotyping.
Grow up, Johnny Football
Re: July 18 article, “Manziel under the microscope.”
I have a little advice for Johnny Football. To paraphrase Luke 12:48: from those to whom much is given, much will be expected. In other words, talent is a gift; only you can decide whether you choose to use it to be a Kardashian or a Johnny Unitas. Stop whining about public expectations. I find it sad that the press, players and public have reveled in Tim Tebow’s struggles in the NFL and belittled his other achievements as a human being, but seem to want to excuse, even celebrate, Manziel’s bad behavior. Thanks to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his commentary, essentially telling Manziel to grow up.
Florida verdict a tragedy
There are two ways to look at the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. One, it was one of the worst jury decisions since O.J. Simpson got away with murder. Two, if the jurors correctly applied Florida statutes to the incident, it is a searing indictment of Florida’s laws. If the former, it’s a personal tragedy for the Martin family. If the latter, it means we live in a lawless, every-man-for-himself society. That’s a tragedy for everyone.
Imprisoned mom at fault
Re: July 14 commentary, “Forced sterilization still happening, still repugnant.”
Leonard Pitt’s editorial painted Christina Cordero as a victim in our society. You see, according to Pitts, the mother of five was strongly urged, by the attending doctor, to have her tubes tied after the birth of her sixth child so she would not be able to have more children. Oh, did I mention the sixth child would have the wonderful distinction of being born in prison. You see the 34-year-old Cordero was serving a prison sentence for auto theft. At the insistence of the prison doctor, Cordero finally agreed to have her tubes tied.
The fact that Cordero ultimately agreed to the procedure and now regrets the decision makes her a victim in Pitts’ eyes. While I would agree there is a victim here, it is surely not Cordero but rather the six children she betrayed and left without a mother when she was arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison. She had a choice. Her children did not.
All of the tea party members are so right about climate change and global warming. Just because 47 of the 50 states reach 90 degrees on the same day means nothing.