Readers Write (March 1): Self-reliance, same-sex marriage, science

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SELF-RELIANCE

Your destiny is yours; Uncle Sam won’t help

Thank you for the inspiring story about David Spragg, age 43, who has cerebral palsy and recently became an Eagle Scout (“Against the odds,” Feb. 27.)

Spragg’s achievement should serve to teach all young people that only one person can control their destiny — themselves. Only desire, determination and discipline can decide if one reaches one’s goals. This used to be called fire in the belly.

President Obama believes that government is the answer to your dreams. Don’t fall for it. I am still waiting for Uncle Sam to bestow on me the rank of Eagle Scout and admittance to the millionaire class.

If you need help stoking that fire in the belly, I’d suggest taping Spragg’s story to your refrigerator and reading it each morning. I particularly like what his first scoutmaster said: “You can find a way if you have the will. I think that is David’s motto.”

Geoff Dodd, Deephaven

 

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Bill’s introduction is the subject of hope, debate

I have never been made so happy listening to the radio as I was hearing that a same-sex marriage bill made its way to the state Senate. I am a gay Army reservist, proudly and openly serving our nation, and will soon depart for five months of active duty training. The liberty to marry would be the best gift when I return to Minnesota this August.

Alex Legeros, Edina

After completing undergraduate studies in Minnesota, we both left the state for further education and employment opportunities in New York City. We returned to Minnesota two years ago, fully aware that Minnesota is the only place that will ever truly be home to us. That return to our home eventually led to our engagement at the State Fair in September.

We returned to New York on Feb. 15 for our wedding. Surrounded by family and friends, we made a promise to love, support and cherish one another as long as we both shall live. We made this promise for the same reasons that everyone chooses to get married: We fell deeply in love and wanted to commit the rest of our lives to the other.

On Feb. 19, we took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City as husbands. Three hours later, we landed in Minneapolis as legal strangers. The law of our home state cannot make us love each other any less, but it can provide our new family the recognition, responsibilities and protections available to other Minnesotans through civil marriage.

Please, when faced with the question of whether to extend the freedom to marry to all Minnesotans, think of how your decision will affect our family and families like ours. This decision is not about politics; it is not about the party line; it is not about religion; it is about real Minnesota families living their lives.

Steven Lewandowski and Andrew Minck, Minneapolis

Steve Sack’s cartoon on Feb. 27, showing history’s “Hall of Shame” was off-base. God never said being black was a sin. Those who were against the end of slavery and against civil rights were in the wrong. God never said being a woman was a sin. Those who were against women’s voting rights were in the wrong. However, God did say homosexuality is a sin, an abomination. It’s in the Bible. Thus, those who are against gay marriage are in the right.

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